W | A Associates
Is LEED AP Accredited
What is LEED®?
stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a rating
system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to
evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market
transformation towards sustainable design. The system is credit-based,
allowing projects to earn points for environmentally friendly actions
taken during construction and use of a building.
LEED® certified buildings often provide healthier work and living
environments, which contributes to higher productivity and improved health and
How does LEED®
promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing
performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable
site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and
indoor environmental quality.
The process is different for different types of buildings, but certification
is based on a point system. There are several different levels of
certification that apply to all types of buildings. Certified buildings meet
the minimum LEED®
standards and require the fewest points; next come Silver, Gold, and Platinum
Requirements are generally weighted, with larger numbers of points for
initiatives like depending entirely on renewable wind or solar power, and
fewer points for smaller steps such as installing bathroom exhaust fans or
energy-saving light bulbs.
can W | A Associates help you achieve LEED®
Several of our staff members are LEED®
Accredited Professionals (AP) who have knowledge of green building and
planning principles, and can guide clients through the LEED®
certification process. As LEED®
AP’s we can provide a wide range of green building services, ranging from
advising clients on green building or energy efficiency upgrades to existing
buildings, to designing green buildings from the ground up with the goal of
If retained as a LEED®
professional on a project, the process might be as follows:
owner contracts with W | A Associates to discuss project objectives. Retaining a LEED®
AP for the design and planning of a project, automatically awards the project
point when applying for certification.
W | A Associates
develops plans and advises on green building design strategies with the goal
of meeting or exceed LEED®
requirements through measures such as: site layout and planning; the use of
renewable, sustainable or recycled products and materials; the reuse or
repurposing of existing materials; and energy performance.
W | A Associates would
help coordinate the construction or repair process, document sustainable
building practices, correspond with the USGBC and relevant LEED® professionals, and coordinate filing of the project application for LEED®
Currently all new commercial buildings must at least meet basic LEED®
requirements. However, under the new California Green Buildings Standards
Code, which becomes mandatory January 1, 2011, all new commercial and
residential construction in the public and private sectors (including schools,
hospitals, and other public institutions) must at least meet requirements
comparable to a "silver rating" under LEED®
Any building owner who wishes to build a more efficient, comfortable,
resource-conserving home can benefit from the green building and energy
efficiency measures that are part of the LEED®
certification process. Another incentive is that green buildings save money
because they require less energy to operate.