Do You Know What LEED Stands For?

February 11, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World 

A LEED Platinum Building

Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock. A LEED Platinum Building

I was at a meeting on Monday, and someone there offered to buy me lunch if I could tell him what the words in the acronym “LEED” were.  “Uh…. leadership in engineering environment…..  design….. wait, leadership in excellence….. I don’t know.”  Turns out he didn’t know either and both of us are involved in a local project that has been LEED certified.  So today’s post goes out to LEED.  It stands for Leadship in Energy and Environmental Design.  Two websites that I recommend looking at are the actual LEED page and the Wikipedia page on the topic.  One thing is for certain, designing a platinum project is really, really involved.  I liked the Wikipedia page because it seemed to me, a little more objective.  It talks about how some institutions, like the Navy, are taking the money they would have spent on certification and spending it on making their buildings even more green.  It also discusses the difference between “green” and “zero energy” building.  So next time somebody asks, you’ll get the free lunch.


2 Responses to “Do You Know What LEED Stands For?”

  1. Creede on February 11th, 2009 11:25 am

    What local project is LEED platinum? I know there haven’t been a lot of LEED projects locally.

  2. Tyson on February 11th, 2009 8:56 pm

    Hey Creede, I have to apologize if I made it sound like I was working on a “platinum” project. There’s a project off of highway 201 that’s being built by Layton construction called “201 Commerce Center” that is LEED “certified,” and I’m working on that one. I should have said “designing a platinum project ‘would be’ really, really involved.” Sorry for any confusion. There is a “Swaner EcoCenter” that is LEED platinum, and I think the Harley-Davidson place in Lindon is LEED platinum. Don’t quote me on that though.

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