LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence providing building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated with nearly 9 million square feet of building space around the world participating in the rating systems. It provides owners with independent, third-party verification of achievement in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED works throughout a building’s life cycle.
Halcom Consulting, LLC aims to provide its clients with the necessary information to make and support balanced decisions regarding the costs and ramifications of LEED credits. Experience has shown that while basic sustainability concepts are understood, the actual implementation of High Performance Sustainable Building requirements and their relationships to LEED are misapplied, with project teams trying to fulfill requirements without understanding the interoperability between credits. A phased approach to the sustainable design process allows project teams the ability to evaluate project progress and potential obstacles throughout the integrated design and construction processes. Life Cycle Cost Analysis and energy models are tools used early in the design process to achieve a successful sustainable facility. The transparency of this method allows quick and decisive action from the appropriate team members at any given time during the project. Our phased approach have resulted in over thirty successfully certified projects.