LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a certification program to teach individuals how to design, construct, and operate green buildings. The certificate acts as a badge for those who are attempting to get a job or a contract involving green buildings.
For a certificate program, the process can be quite a gauntlet. The program requires about 69 points. Each course is between 1-3 points (or credits). The courses range from anything from pollution prevention to site selection to storm water design. There are several different courses, and it all depends on which type of certification you go for. The LEED certification program offers various checklists and reference guides for those who are seeking certification.
The LEED certification offers different focus areas to accommodate different areas of construction, including: LEED-NC for new construction, LEED-EB for existing building upgrades, LEED-CI for commercial interior operations, LEED-CS for core and shell upgrades, LEED-H for green home construction, and LEED-ND for neighborhood developments. In addition to these different programs, the LEED program offers workshops and conferences.
There are a ton of benefits to obtaining a LEED certification. For starters, LEED certified buildings can lead to higher returns on an individual’s investment. Due to the decrease in utility costs, LEED certified buildings often spark a higher demand for occupancy. This can justify higher rental rates, thus higher returns. If you are LEED certified, I think it’s reasonable to say that you will have an easier time landing contracts due to the increase of demand for LEED certified buildings.
Overall, the LEED certification program is one of the most simple and effective programs available. It can often be subsidized by your company, and will give you a more competitive edge when applying for jobs. Also, it will make your company much more competitive by having a fleet of LEED certified agents. If you noticed anything that we may have missed, feel free to leave us a comment.