LEED Construction Helps the US Economy and the EnvironmentThe US building industry is reshaping Kermit the Frog’s lament, “It’s not easy being green.”

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization that is working to transform the building landscape for environmental and economic opportunity. One of the ways that the USGBC has been most successful in recent years is with the development of the LEED certification program.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The USGBC is devoted to increasing the use of sustainable and green building practices around the world. Member organizations work together to implement and advance building structures that are both environmentally efficient and healthier in which to live and work. These buildings and their placement can be more profitable for the business people involved in designing, building and investing in them.

How to Qualify for LEED Certification

LEED’s Green Building Rating System has performance standards for all buildings that are certified. Although there are many prerequisites, credits and scopes of projects, most people have heard of buildings being rated on a scale of Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. These levels of certifications are based on points awarded after an independent third party, the Green Building Certification Institute, does an inspection of the building.

In a commercial building for example, buildings can become certified in five areas:

  • Energy use
  • Location of the building
  • Indoor air quality and daylighting
  • Water conservation
  • Use of sustainable materials

Benefits of LEED

In addition to the environmental benefits of LEED certification, these buildings may have numerous financial benefits, including lower cost of operation and tax incentives—not only for the owners, but potentially for the architects, engineers and contractors who have worked on them.

The LEED program through USGBC is constantly being updated. With over 12 billion square feet currently certified and counting, it is better to be green.

June is LEED Month at alliantgroup

This month, alliantgroup will be focusing on LEED, what it means for the environment and how it benefits the economy by reducing energy costs and creating US jobs. We will highlight some amazing facts and data about LEED certification and discuss how LEED began and where it is headed. You’ll hear from our LEED-certified experts at alliantgroup who will present an educational webinar about LEED-related tax incentives. Not only that, but we hope to delight you with photographs and stories of buildings, inspiring designs, influential blog posts and lists filled with information that you will find interesting, useful, and fun.

As always, we welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions. Please join us as we begin an exciting GREEN month.

alliantgroup is the nation’s leading provider of specialty tax consulting services including the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Deduction (179D) and the Research and Development Tax Credit. Contact us today to learn how your work on energy efficient and LEED certified buildings may qualify you for lucrative tax incentives and credits.