If you are interested in building a new facility or renovating an existing one, you have probably heard LEED certification mentioned, but you may not be quite sure what it is, or understand how a LEED certified building solution can benefit you. LEED (short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is an internationally recognized benchmark that provides independent, third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built to meet the highest green construction standards. LEED certification has proven to be extremely advantageous for building owners, generating numerous financial and environmental benefits while demonstrating leadership, innovation, and social and environmental responsibility.
LEED certification, developed in 2000 by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), is awarded when a project achieves high performance by garnering points in five key areas of human and environmental health: energy efficiency, water savings, sustainable site development, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. The environmental benefits of LEED certification include the lowering of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of waste sent to landfills, and a healthier and safer indoor environment. LEED certification offers owners financial benefits by reducing operating costs, and increasing the facility’s value to tenants, which results in higher occupancy, raised sale prices, and higher rental rates. LEED-certified buildings also qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances, and other incentives in hundreds of cities.
Advanced Control Corporation plays a key role in helping buildings achieve LEED certification, customizing building automation solutions that help projects gain points in several of the main categories, including energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Building automation systems are an integral component of LEED certified building solutions for Broward, controlling the mechanical, electronic, and lighting systems in a facility and combining them into a single integrated solution that increases a building’s energy efficiency while creating an improved indoor environment.
To gain energy efficiency points toward LEED certification, building automation systems increase a building’s energy efficiency by managing the lighting, heating, and cooling of unused areas. Lighting control effectively increases energy efficiency in commercial buildings: by using time and zone controls to turn off lights in any area of a building that is unoccupied, lighting control can reduce energy costs in a building by 25%. Lighting control can be applied to indoor areas such as offices, cubicles, cafeterias, and storage areas as well as outdoor parking lots, garages, walkways, and signs.
Advanced Control improves buildings’ energy efficiency by accurately monitoring and maintaining specified set temperature points through building automation. The system analyzes energy use to provide energy savings while maintaining the comfort of inhabitants and provides the capacity to receive, store and analyze metering and sensor data provided to optimize and track energy use.
To gain indoor environmental quality points towards LEED certification, building automation systems use air quality monitoring and control systems to efficiently reduce carbon dioxide levels, safeguarding building tenants from potential harm due to poor air quality and pollutants, and controlling and adjusting humidity to prevent dangerous toxic mold growth. Air quality control solutions also protect occupants from the danger posed by indoor parking garages, which can expose users to poisonous gases when improperly ventilated, by monitoring and eliminating unsafe levels of both CO and NO2.
If you are seeking a LEED certified building solution for your facility, Advanced Control Corporation is here to help! As the leader of green building in South Florida for over twenty years, Advanced Control has extensive experience in helping building owners achieve LEED certification for their facilities, and we are eager to help you enjoy the benefits of green construction. Contact Advanced Control today at 954-491-6660 to get a fast start on the path to LEED certification!