The Beacon Clarendon is proud of its LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. You may find yourself wondering what exactly this means for you and why you should consider a LEED certified apartment. According to USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), “LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthier environments for the places we live.”
Certification is received when a building adheres to prerequisites and receives credit for over 9 different measurements. Credits are earned through rounds of public comments and collaboration with the USGBC board. If you receive enough credits, you can become LEED certified and based on the number of credits you receive you can be either LEED, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, or LEED Platinum certified. USGBC states that “LEED is driving international green building practices with more than 90,800 projects participating in LEED across 165 countries and territories worldwide and 2.2 million square feet of construction space certifying everyday!”
What are the benefits to LEED certification?
LEED buildings allow clean air and access to daylight which “creates healthy spaces that increase recruitment, retention and productivity for employees” or in our case, residents. When you see a LEED certification plaque, you can rest assured the property is reducing its carbon footprint by remaining compliant with energy conservation, water usage, air quality, and even their choices dating back to construction, like what building materials they selected.
We are proud of our LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification because it helps illuminate the environmental performance of our apartment community. If you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint, living at a LEED certified apartment will help you ensure that you are protecting the earth one positive decision at a time.