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Green Construction: Building to LEED Standards

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). 

If you haven't heard of it yet, you soon will. If you've heard of it and you're using some of the standards, you're way ahead of the pack. Closely related to the new green construction code I reported on last week.

The LEED rating system has big plans, worldwide plans. The intent of the US Green Building Council to set universal construction standards, upheld worldwide is a daunting task. But, if it works without causing more harm than good, it might be worth it.

LEED standards focus on numerous areas of construction or reconstruction, including:

  • Existing Homes
  • New Homes
  • New Commercial Buildings
  • Existing Commercial Interiors
  • School Construction
  • Healthcare Construction
  • Retail Construction
  • Neighborhood Development

Basically, LEED standards cover everything you can put a saw or hammer to except small crafts. You can take a course in different aspects of the LEED system but I'm wondering why these aren't free courses.  Charging fees to take them isn't going to encourage many people.

Nevertheless, check out the LEED rating system when you get a chance.

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