New Evidence To Support The Benefits Of LEED

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A new report has confirmed that buildings with an LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification can have substantial benefits for both the taxpayer and the environment, The Hill website reports.

According to a recent study by the US government's General Services Administration (GSA), LEED constructions have a lesser environmental impact than those without the certification, whilst being more financially viable, too.
Researchers looked at the latest version of the system used to asses green building ratings, LEED v4, which was released by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2013. It was discovered that this correlates well with federal green building and sustainability legislation, and the GSA is now looking for further input on implementing LEED certification in public buildings before releasing its final recommendations.
Of course, builders and developers have known about the benefits of LEED for some time now, and there is a good deal of evidence in favour of its use. LEED certification is a third-party, voluntary rating system, and is viewed by many as the 'gold standard' when it comes to designing buildings that are energy-efficient, non-toxic and good for the environment.
When used in the early stages of construction, it can help developers to create buildings that have a more positive impact on both the environment and the surrounding community. But it can also be used to bring existing buildings up-to-date with modern regulations, lowering energy usage and helping to keep older, historic buildings in good condition.
In the US, Washington D.C's Treasury Building is one of the oldest LEED-certified buildings on the planet, with some of it dating back to the mid-19th century. Recent improvements to the infrastructure are saving US taxpayers around $1 million per year - not to mention preventing the wastage of water and natural resources.
A team at the National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences has since advised the Pentagon to continue using LEED when building or renovating sites.
"Evidence indicates that green building certification systems and their referenced building standards offer frameworks for reducing energy and water use in buildings, compared to design approaches and practices used for conventional buildings," the panel stated.
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