Davis Concrete: Helping You with Your LEED Project
LEED certification is important to modern building, both in its environmental benefits and in its cost-savings to developers and property owners alike. However, LEED and the certification process itself can be complex and confusing. At Davis Concrete we are experienced in LEED building requirements and are happy to discuss your options with you. We are proud of both our sterling reputation for customer service and our reputation as the number-one choice of contractors throughout Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and surrounding counties. Contact us today.
Frequently Asked Questions
For those new to the LEED process, we provide a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the program as a primer. For more information, call us to discuss your LEED options.
Q: What is LEED?
A: LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. It is an internationally recognized certification standard for green building. More than 10.4 billion square feet of building space participate in the LEED rating system, with another 1.5 million square feet becoming LEED certified each day.
Q: How does a building become LEED certified?
A: LEED consists of several categories that are applicable to various projects depending on the type of building and its design. Developers must satisfy certain perquisites, or minimum requirements for LEED certification, as well as earn credits that are worth points toward being LEED certified.
Q: What do the LEED categories encompass?
A: Major LEED credit categories cover a building's design, construction and maintenance and include "Sustainable Sites," "Water Efficiency‚" "Energy & Atmosphere," "Materials & Resources" and "Indoor Environmental Quality." Other credit categories are available that apply to specific certain building designs.
Q: What does the LEED certification process entail?
A: Typically LEED certification involves five steps:
- Selection of the appropriate rating system or systems for your project.
- Registration and payment of fees.
- Submission of your certification application and payment of a review fee.
- Review of your project.
- Receipt of certification decision, which you can appeal if you disagree.
LEED certification processes differ slightly for homes and neighborhood development projects. For more submission information, go to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Certification page.
Q: How do I earn LEED certification?
A: LEED certification requires proper planning and foresight to ensure that a project both meets prerequisites and earns enough optional credits to be certified. During the certification process, a third-party auditor reviews the site to verify its certification. LEED ratings awarded at a variety of levels based on the number of points a project earns.
Q: How many points do I need to earn for my project to be LEED certified?
A: LEED ratings are divided into levels based on the number of points a project earns. Certification levels are designated "Certified‚" "Silver," "Gold" and "Platinum‚" with point requirements based on the particular project.
Q: What are the benefits of LEED certification?
A: Projects that are LEED certified use a variety of green building materials and strategies. As such, they are friendly to the environment and can save maintenance costs. LEED certification can render projects eligible for a variety of incentives including tax rebates and zoning allowances.