LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the green building rating system developed by the US Green Building Council. Developed in 1998 to encourage environmental awareness among government agencies, architects, engineers, developers and builders, LEED certification is granted to construction projects that are designed and built with strict adherence to standards of environmental responsibility. In order maximize the number of new and redeveloped buildings eligible for LEED certification, the government offers many incentives within the building industry, including grant funding and tax breaks based on the level of LEED certification attained.
Some of the practices required for LEED certification include using recycled material, reducing or eliminating the amount of waste leaving a job site, reusing existing materials, using sustainable green building materials and using low-emitting materials such as caulk and sealers.
Naturally, the LEED program affects businesses that fabricate parts for building construction. At Valley Iron, we are happy to provide information on the materials we deliver in order to help our customers meet LEED criteria. Just ask our staff to assist you when placing your order.