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What are the benefits of 'green building'?

Environmental benefits:

  • Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity Improves air and water quality
  • Reduce solid waste
  • Conserve natural resources

Economic benefits:

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Enhance asset value and profits
  • Improve employee productivity and satisfaction
  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Health and community benefits:

  • Improve air, thermal, and acoustic environments
  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Contribute to overall quality of life

What does LEED® stand for?

LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Green Building Rating Systems developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Where can I get help with the LEED process?

For more information on LEED and how it relates to USGBC, visit USGBC.org for reference guides and program guidelines.

Who can use LEED?

Anyone who is involved with the design, construction, architecture, engineering, sales, financing and management of a building site or project.

How do I register my project?

Go to USGBC.org to submit an online registration form to register your project. NOTE: All newly registered LEED projects are required to achieve at least two (2) Optimize Energy Performance points. This requirement is mandatory for all LEED projects registering after June 26, 2007.

Does it cost more to build with green products and materials?

Many products and materials you would use for 'green building' cost the same, some are even less than conventional materials.

What is a LEED Accredited Professional™ (LEED AP) and how do you become one?

A LEED Accredited Professional is an experienced building industry practitioner who has demonstrated their knowledge of integrated design, and their capacity to facilitate the LEED certification process. To become a LEED AP, you must pass an exam that tests your understanding of green building practices and principles, and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes. USGBC offers a variety of LEED training workshops to assist with LEED AP exam preparation, which can be taken for certification in new buildings or existing buildings.

Why was LEED developed?

LEED was created to establish a common standard of measurement for what constitutes a "green" building and serves as a design guideline for green building. LEED is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

How is LEED developed and maintained?

LEED Rating Systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees. Each volunteer committee is composed of a diverse group of practitioners and experts representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry. The key elements of USGBC's consensus process include a balanced and transparent committee structure, technical advisory groups that ensure scientific consistency and rigor, opportunities for stakeholder comment and review, member ballot of new rating systems, and a fair and open appeals process.

What are the benefits of getting a LEED Certification?

LEED certified buildings have lower operating costs, higher lease rates, and happier and healthier occupants than conventionally constructed structures. Certification under LEED is third party validation to the market that a building is green.

I've seen the name "Greenworks" attached to multiple brands? (Mohawk, Daltile, American Olean).
Why is that?

Greenworks (GW) is a company-wide philosophy. We've agreed as sister companies to promote this program under the same umbrella name to maximize our efforts to lower environmental impacts.

How can GW help me be align with NAHB's National Green Building Standard Guidelines?

As the NAHB guidelines and standards are finalized we're following it closely to be able to provide our clients and customers with detailed information on how our Greenworks program will contribute to these initiatives - stay tuned.

How was REGREEN developed?

ASID and the USGBC partnered on the development of guidelines and educational resources for green residential improvement projects. A technical committee comprised of a diverse group of industry experts developed the guidelines. The guidelines went through a public comment period with an opportunity for all interested parties and stakeholders to provide feedback.

How do I use the REGREEN guidelines?

The REGREEN guidelines are organized according to the 10 most common remodeling project types. The guidelines include: 1) remodeling projects described by scope, integrated pre-design issues, and environmental strategies for each of the home’s systems, including plumbing, HVAC and electrical workings; 2) a library of strategies by environmental topic; and 3) case studies of successful green home renovations.

How is REGREEN different from USGBC’s LEED for Homes certification program?

REGREEN is a set of remodeling guidelines for existing homes, whereas the LEED for Homes rating system is a certification program for the building, design and construction of a new home project. While new home projects can receive LEED for Homes certification, remodels and renovations are not certified under REGREEN.

Where can I find out more about REGREEN?

Visit regreenprogram.org