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What is LEED Certification?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) is a green building rating system developed here in the U.S. by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The purpose is to provide a standard certification process and register buildings which are constructed with certain goals in mind: environmental performance, efficiency, occupant health and well-being. A building receives a certain amount of points toward varying levels of certification based on the various categories.

So what do LEED certifications have to do with the roofing industry? Roofing material manufacturers are making more green options available through a variety of new innovations and technologies, including recycled materials and products that reduce urban heat islands, improve energy efficiency, save water and much more.

There are four categories in which roofing can contribute to earning points towards a LEED certification:

Sustainable Sites (each earns one point)

Water Efficiency (each earns 2-4 points)
To earn points in this category, the green roofing system must be designed without permanent irrigation or minimal irrigation to reduce water use.

Energy and Optimization (can earn 19 points)
The building designers must first establish a minimum level of energy efficiency before points can be earned in this category.

Material and Resources (each earns 1 – 2 points)

Why is a LEED Certification valuable?

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