Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
The LEED Certification (acronym of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a building certification protocol which is shaping our future way of thinking the environments where we live, work and study.
It is a voluntary, consensus-based system which provides building owners, investors and real estate developers with a concrete reference to build and manage high performance, sustainable buildings.
The LEED system is very flexible and can be implemented on all kinds of buildings: commercial, residential, institutional.
It is based on the complete life cycle of the building, from planning and construction to maintenance and management.
The LEED standard, established in the United States in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is nowadays internationally acknowledged as a brand of excellence, with more than 60.000 projects completed worldwide.
The LEED certification is based on the achievement of specific credits and on earning points in specific areas: Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE), Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Materials and Resources (MR), Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Innovation in Design (ID) and Regional Priority (RP).
According to the amount of points earned, a building can achieve a base, silver, gold or platinum certification.
As the LEED certification is focused on the building, products and construction materials cannot be LEED certified, but can only contribute to match the requirements of the credits. Anyway, the conscious choice of specific products or materials instead of others can have an influence on up to 50% of the total points earned by the building.
For this reason Rhoss has decided to start an important and strategic investment in the scope of LEED certification and environmental sustainability.
The first phase of this investment is the registration to USGBC as members, the second phase – more demanding and in-depth – consists of a complete analysis of products and services offered by Rhoss in terms of energetic and environmental sustainability according to the requisites of the credits of the LEED standard.
The goal of this analysis, supported also by external LEED specialists, is to establish how and why a specific product or service comply with one or more requisites of the LEED credits, in order to give clear and accurate indications to customers, designers and investors about the advantages achievable using Rhoss products in the scope of LEED certification.
One of the main targets of this activity is to approach the market of sustainable buildings (Green Building) as competent and reliable partner and to be recognised as valid reference for what concerns the HVAC systems by all stakeholders involved in the design and construction of the building.
This will also represent a competitive advantage for Rhoss and a positive influence in terms of product development and acquisition of know-how.