Last year Washington D.C. had by far the most Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building space per capita than anywhere else in the US. D.C. took first place with 22 million square feet of building space amounting to 37 square feet per DC resident, well above the 3.71 square feet per person of the next highest state, Virginia. A cause of the disproportionate amount of LEED certified space in D.C. could be the Federal Government’s mandate to have all new construction LEED Gold Certified as well as a push to have old buildings retrofitted with high efficiency fixtures.
The goal of LEED is to measure the environmental impact of, and provide a “nutrition label” for, buildings. Not only does LEED certification take into account water and electricity usage, it also measures the amount of locally sourced building materials and what happens to construction waste, among other things.Obviously LEED certification helps the environment, but also studies have shown that the cost of building and operating LEED certified buildings reduces costs and provides a more productive and healthful work environment for employees.
At Gnarum, these ranking hit especially close to home as we are located in a LEED Certified building and we consider ourselves a productive and happy bunch. We also share our building wit United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization that developed and administers the LEED certification process. If anyone has any question about LEED, please contact Gnarum’s resident LEED expert Eli Sachs at email@example.com.