For many buildings across Toronto, it is becoming important to have a LEED Certification designation. Not only does this designation dovetail with a national desire to focus on being better stewards of the environment, but there may also be monetary opportunities because of the LEED stamp of approval. Office interior design can absolutely play a role in accomplishing a fully-functioning LEED Certified workspace, and it should be kept in consideration throughout the LEED planning process.
Understanding What LEED Certification Is and Means
If you’ve ever heard the term “LEED”, you probably already know that it relates to greener methods of construction, planning, maintenance, etc., of properties such as office complexes, residential condominiums, hospitals, government spaces and other types of buildings. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”, and every LEED Certified building has to measure up to strict standards. This ensures that the building will be energy efficient, generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions and produce less waste than traditionally built spaces.
LEED Certification is based on the number of points that a building acquires from a third-party designator. The points help define the level of LEED Certification: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. In order to be eligible for LEED Certifications at any level, buildings have to be evaluated for a number of factors, including but not limited to building design and construction, building operations and maintenance and, most importantly for this article, interior design and construction.
How Office Interior Design Can Increase LEED Credits or Points for Certifications
Third-party LEED Certifying organizations award points and certifications to help a building get as far as possible in the LEED Certification chain (Certified to Platinum, as listed above.) Complete interior fit-outs are evaluated on innovation, interiors life-cycle reduction, sourcing of interior materials and other factors.
In order to maximize your Toronto building’s LEED Certification and acquire the points to which you are entitled, it’s important to talk with an interior design firm that understands the process. Professionals who have a deep knowledge of LEED Certification guidelines will be a true asset as you plan for success. As we move deeper into the 21st century, LEED Certification is becoming a benchmark for many new buildings and retrofits. Stay on the leading edge with help from interior design teams and other pros with an understanding of the way the process works.
Are you planning to work toward LEED Certification for your building? Talk to Mayhew today. Our interior designers are happy to discuss their past experiences working with companies just like yours that have earned LEED Certification.
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