LEED Certification of Buildings Comes With Many Benefits

As a developer and manager of affordable housing, Woda Management pursues LEED certification for many of its projects. To date, Woda Management has secured a number of platinum, gold, and silver certifications and aims consistently to build at a silver or higher level.

Developed by the United States Green Building Council, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program helps developers and managers conserve energy and resources while helping energy systems perform at optimal levels. Data collected across the program’s lifetime indicates that LEED-certified buildings reduce water and energy costs by as much as 40 percent. In addition, LEED-certified buildings qualify for a number of federal and state benefits, depending on the type of property and its location.

The LEED program measures properties in such categories as water efficiency, atmosphere and energy use, materials and resources, and indoor air quality. The program rates each property in these and other categories, and then combines the scores to determine the property’s certification level. Levels range from the most basic certified level through silver and gold and up to the highest rating of platinum.

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