In 1998, The U.S. Green Building Council created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. This system provides a set of standards to follow when constructing environmentally sustainable buildings. This criteria is publicly reviewed by the membership organizations of the USGBC, and if all standards are met, that building then becomes LEED-certified. Individuals may take a LEED accreditation exam, and if they pass, they are considered an Accredited Professional (AP).
Why should your company consider a LEED-certified building?
- Lower operating costs and an increased asset value
(2.5 year average payback)
- A financially sound investment as green building popularity increases
- Tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in many places
- A healthier work environment = employee health and comfort = higher productivity
- The conservation of energy and water
- A reduction of waste sent to landfills
- A reduction of harmful greenhouse gas emissions
- It shows commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility
SKMES currently has two LEED accredited professionals and has several more employees in line to receive accreditation as well. Our company has worked on various LEED projects in the area including:
Current LEED Projects
We welcome the opportunity to become a member of your LEED team and assist you in getting your building certified, gold, silver or platinum.