Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was created for the purpose of promoting environmentally responsible building and, over the years, has become a nationally accepted standard for the design and construction of green buildings by focusing on five main areas of human and environmental health. These include sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. To achieve LEED certification for their building, Designers and Builders must take these five main areas into consideration and implement the necessary measures to attain certain goals.

Mark Siegel, principal and founder of Genesis, is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP). What, you may ask, does this mean? This means that Genesis Architecture, LLC, as it applies to LEED, has the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the design process, to support and encourage integrated design and to streamline the application and certification process for LEED certification.

On the premise that something is better than nothing, many of the points pertaining to certification credits can be included in projects even if LEED certification is not the ultimate goal. There are definite bonuses to having a LEED house or LEED building. For one, they lower operating costs which, in turn, can increase value. A LEED building also reduces the amount of waste that is sent to landfills after construction is complete. Through the use of Energy Star windows, appliances, and light fixtures the building saves water and energy. LEED buildings also reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses that are emitted into the environment, which is a major issue today.