LEED & SUSTAINABLE BUILDING
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.
LEED provides a point system to score green building design and construction. The system is categorized in five basic areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Buildings are awarded points based on the extent various sustainable strategies are achieved. The more points awarded the higher the level of certification achieved from Certified, Silver, Gold, to Platinum.
At ClearPoint Builders, Inc. sustainability is integrated into the entire design and construction process of every job we do.
Photo: Richard Asinof, ConvergenceRI
The award ceremony for the first Platinum LEED certified home in Rhode Island. From left, Felice Holt, homeowner, Richard Rodi, contractor, Kenneth J. Filarksi, chair, U.S. Green Building Council in Rhode Island, State Rep. Aaron Regunberg, and City of Providence Office of Sustainability director Leah Bamberger.
A 21st century lively experiment
The first Platinum LEED Certification award for an older home in Rhode Island marks a sea change in sustainability
In a world of what seems to be constant sorrow, including a school shooting in Providence that occurred as the award ceremony was taking place, the positive changes taking place can easily get lost in the flood of bad news and political conflict.
The presentation of the first Platinum LEED Award at a project home in Rhode Island by the National U.S. Green Building Council on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Holt residence at 509 Wayland Ave. in Providence marked what Kenneth J. Filarksi, chair of the of U.S. Green Building Council in Rhode Island called “an historic event.”