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March 20, 2024

Importance of Developing Products with LEED in Mind

Importance of Developing Products with LEED in Mind

What does LEED mean?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a globally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED provides a framework for designing, constructing, operating, and certifying buildings and communities that are environmentally sustainable, energy-efficient, and resource-efficient (What Is LEED Certification? – U.S. Green Building Council, 2022).

What is LEED certification, and what is involved?

LEED certification is a process through which a building, home, neighborhood, or community project is evaluated and recognized for its environmental sustainability and performance. To achieve LEED certification, a project must meet certain pre-requisites and earn points across various sustainability categories, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environment quality, and innovation in design (What Is LEED Certification? – U.S. Green Building Council, 2022).

Why is developing products with LEED in mind important?

Developing products with LEED mind is important for several reasons some of which include meeting market demand, ensuring regulatory compliance, reducing environmental impact, achieving cost savings, enhancing reputation and branding, and fostering innovation and differentiation.

There is a growing demand for environmentally sustainable products among consumers, businesses, and governments. By aligning products with LEED standards, companies can meet this demand and gain a competitive advantage in the market. Throughout the country, many regions have developed building codes and regulations that require adherence to LEED standards for certain types of construction projects. Developing products with LEED in mind ensures compliance with these regulations, making it easier for builders and developers to meet legal requirements. In addition to competitive advantage and codes and regulations becoming the standard, reducing environmental impact has become a massive staple in considering products who meet LEED requirements. Products developed with LEED in mind are designed to minimize environmental impact throughout their lifecycle, from raw material extraction to manufacturing, use, and disposal. This contributes to reducing resource consumption, waste generation, and carbon emissions, helping to mitigate environmental degradation and climate change (Parsi, 2023).

LEED-certified buildings are often more energy-efficient and resource-efficient, leading to lower operating costs over their lifetime. By developing products that contribute to LEED certification, companies can help builders and property owners achieve cost savings through reduced energy and water usage, lower maintenance costs, and longer product lifespans. Developing products with LEED in mind demonstrates a company’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. This enhances the company’s reputation and strengthens its brand image, appealing to environmentally conscious consumers and attracting socially responsible investors and partners. Designing products with LEED in mind encourages innovation in materials, manufacturing processes, and product design. This can lead to the development of new technologies and solutions that offer improved performance, durability, and environmental sustainability, helping companies stand out in the market (Parsi, 2023).

Is Pecora thinking about LEED?

At Pecora, our collection of sealants, coatings, and air barriers is designed to bolster the energy efficiency and eco-consciousness of your building structure. By sealing your building’s envelope, our products not only reduce costs but also elevate overall operational efficiency by preventing air and water intrusion into your facility. Pecora’s sealants, traffic coatings, and air barrier systems play a vital role in meeting the stringent criteria of renowned sustainable rating systems, such as LEED.

Pecora offers a simpler path to LEED Green Building Rating System certification with our product specific LEED letters. Pecora’s submittal letters streamline this process for your construction project. You can access and download our product LEED documents in PDF format by clicking on the following link https://www.pecora.com/resources/leed-documents/.

References

Parsi, R. (2023, July 29). Debunking Fears and Doubts: The Importance and Benefits of LEED Certification.

Pro Engineering Consulting. Retrieved March 14, 2024, from https://www.proengc.com/blog/debunking-fears-and-doubts-the-importance-and-benefits-of-leed-certification/https://www.proengc.com/blog/debunking-fears-and-doubts-the-importance-and-benefits-of-leed-certification/

What is LEED certification? – U.S. Green Building Council. (2022, April 7). U.S. Green Building Council.

Retrieved March 14, 2024, from https://support.usgbc.org/hc/en-us/articles/4404406912403-What-is-LEED-certification

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