Month: April 2016 (1)

Kodet Architectural Group Sustainability

5 Tips for LEED Accreditation

  With sustainability at the forefront of our architectural cerebral cortex it has become increasingly important to know the basics of the LEED® rating system for buildings, which underscores why it is important to earn a LEED credential. So what is LEED? LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and is a third-party certification indicating that the building has been designed with a sustainable mentality. A building has four separate levels of intensity under this LEED umbrella that underpins how ‘green’ the building is. These rating levels are as follows: Certified, Silver, Gold, and at the top of the pyramid, Platinum. For more information on each of these building certifications please visit the US Green Building Council® website at The professionals guiding LEED projects often have a LEED credential. So, I know by now you are undoubtedly chomping at the proverbial bit to get your LEED accreditation, but let’s pump the brakes a moment as I’ve laid out a few tips that may benefit you in your sustainable journey into LEED accreditation. 1. UNDERSTAND: Importance of a LEED Credential The green building market is a growing industry and by attaining a LEED credential you are showcasing your knowledge, credibility, and commitment to sustainability.   2. CREDENTIAL: Which credential do you need? Not all credentials are the same and you need to make the distinction as to which LEED credential applies to you. The USGBC offers two tracks for LEED designations through examination: LEED Green Associate and Accredited Professional (AP) with a specialty. LEED Green Associate This is the door to the green building world and to step through it you will demonstrate you understand the most current green building principles and practices. With this designation you can build upon your certification with a specialty. Accredited Professional (AP) Specialties: […]