The United State Green Building Council (USGBC) has established the most popular industry standard for defining and certifying building projects as green: The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, also known as LEED. The program recognizes the best building strategies and practices for sustainability, as LEED buildings are built to have a positive impact on the health of occupants and promote clean, renewable energy.
The LEED rating systems are categorized by project type (New Construction, Renovation, Commercial, etc.) and are made up of a combination of categories that list specific prerequisites that the project must satisfy in order to earn points. The number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification. There are four levels of LEED certification: “Certified” being the lowest with 40-49 points, and “Platinum” being the highest with 80+ points.
The most recent LEED Certification program is Version 4, also known as LEED V4. This latest rating system puts significantly more emphasis on water conservation and sustainability, and a highly water efficient site can earn 10 or more points towards certification. An single integrated system for water reuse can earn points for: Rainwater Management (Credit 4, 3 Points), Indoor Water Use Reduction (Credit 2, 6 Points), Outdoor Water Use Reduction (Credit 1, 2 Points), and more.
Wahaso specializes in designing and delivering systems that maximize water savings by capturing multiple water sources for multiple on-site uses, which can optimize earned LEED points. Learn more or contact us today and let us provide a free site analysis and recommendation!