Residential and commercial property owners alike are most likely aware of the green standard known as LEED certification. However, they may not be fully cognizant of what it actually means. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a voluntary, census-based market-driven program that acts as a third-party to verify, judge and set standards for green buildings internationally.
Run by the United States Green Building Council, the intention of the certification is to provide building owners, builders and development companies’ recognition for holding to a higher standard and making an effort to reduce the environmental impact of a structure or the processes that go into making one.
There are varying levels of LEED certification that depend on credits a structure may receive. Primary categories that are accredited by the organization include sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. Neighborhoods looking to become LEED certified must also take into account smart location and linkage credits for walkability and public transportation, neighborhood design and pattern and green infrastructure and buildings included within the area.
Building developers looking to improve the energy efficiency of a property they hold to attain LEED certification with may want to consider implementing the use of radiant floor heating. Unlike traditional heating options, radiant heating is eco-friendly and uses less energy to sustain a comfortable temperature in a home.
According to experts, homeowners may even be able to turn down the thermostat a few degrees with radiant floor heating because of the quality of the system. In addition to the reduction in heat loss and the ability of the utility to be hooked up to renewable energy sources, radiant floor heating is the ideal solution.