It seems like every building under construction or recently constructed has some form of LEED certification. Many people ask us what is LEED? LEED, which means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system for “green buildings.” Typically people ask next, “What is considered a “green building?” The US Green Building Council has a set of standards to consider if a building is environmentally sustainable. Here is the list of the top six categories in the rating system:
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials and resources
- Sustainable sites
- Indoor environmental quality
- Innovation and design process
As we know environmental sustainable development is a hot topic and since Chicago is home to the world’s most breathtaking architecture, it’s no wonder why several buildings are becoming LEED certified. 300 North LaSalle building was just recently LEED certified. Additionally, the Sears Tower has made headline news by setting to become LEED Certified. This will make the Sears Tower the tallest greenest pre-existing building in the world. LEED certified buildings are an overall ecological benefit to Chicago residents and for architectural sustainability.