LEED is a rating system for green buildings used nationally as the accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of High Performance Green Buildings. Along with Energy Star, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency, NEMA is continuing to educate it members through webinars such as achieving High Performance Buildings by leveraging Energy Star, on the importance of LEED and High Performance Buildings.
High Performance Buildings can be attained by using a benchmarking tool provided by Energy Star to track energy use, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions. Spending as little as 10% more on your buildings during the construction phase, according to the Department of Energy can:
- Reduce energy use by 50% or more
- Reduced maintenance and capital costs
- Reduced environmental impact
- Increased occupant comfort and health
- Increased employee productivity
The Department of Energys goal for 2025 is to have Zero-Energy Buildings (ZEBs). One of the first steps in this process is changing over to energy efficient, High Performance Buildings. Some studies even show that employee productivity could increase by as much as 20% in a properly designed work environment, such as a High Performance Building.