LEED Gold Becomes the New Federal Green Standard

LEED Gold Becomes the New Federal Green Standard

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The U.S. General Services Administration recently made LEED-Gold certification the standard for all federal buildings. This means that all new federal buildings and major renovation projects need to achieve a minimum LEED-Gold certification. This is a step-up from the previous requirement for major overhauls or renovation of federal buildings which was a LEED – Silver certification.

The GSA Commissioner of Public Buildings Robert A. Peck said in a statement, that sustainable, better-performing federal buildings could go a long way to contributing to the reduction of the government’s environmental footprint.

LEED-Silver certification still remains the standard requirement for new construction lease projects of 10,000 square feet or more. For leases in existing buildings, tenant agencies could request that a LEED certification under the Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) standards be met and maintained.

LEED Certification

The LEED green building certification program is the accepted standard used in determining a building’s sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the most effective method of demonstrating that a building is sustainable in terms of energy conservation.

A LEED certified building signifies the conscious use of green materials in the building and this covers the exterior and the interior. Water conserving and energy conserving materials would have been employed in construction and remodelling of a LEED certified building. There are many advantages to having a LEED certified building (read this post).

3M Window Film Contributes to LEED Credits

Several materials are listed on the LEED website as green materials and one of the foremost is 3M Window Film. The layers of polyester film bonded by special adhesives, impregnated with ultraviolet inhibitors make it an obvious choice.

Window Film Depot

Is a company that has years in professional installation of 3M Window Film. Window Film Depot has experience working on government buildings. Using 3M window film in your construction or remodelling projects can go a long way towards earning the LEED-Gold certification which is now the standard for federal building. If you need a free estimate, contact Jeff@windowfilmdepot.com