Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification process that assesses the design and construction based on energy and water consumption, as well as air quality and renewably-sourced materials used during construction. Contractors must undergo training and apply for LEED certification, which takes time and pulls you from your day-to-day. So, is it worth it for a residential builder to seek LEED certification?
The answer is yes, it can be. LEED certification can give you an advantage when bidding jobs because some clients look for this designation. And while there is an initial investment in time and money to become certified, it may be worth it in the long run as the market for green construction grows.
In Chicago, there are many LEED-certified buildings and a growing number of homes, and the city has made strides to become more environmentally friendly. If you’re a residential developer, becoming LEED certified can provide advantages in bidding for land and when working with local development commissions when seeking a zoning change. Beyond the initial development benefits, LEED-certified buildings and homes have a faster purchase/rent rate
For Independent Building Contractors
A small construction firm focused on direct-client projects (single-home new construction, additions and remodels), it may not seem advantageous, however with a growing awareness of “going green”, becoming LEED-certified signals to prospective clients that you are well-versed in sustainable building practices and can apply them in their project. Additionally, more and more communities are enacting tax incentives for builders and property owners of LEED-certified buildings and homes, not to mention the higher property values of LEED-certified homes at time of sale.
If you’re interested in pursuing LEED certification, the best way to get started is by contacting your local Green Building Council. They can provide you with information on training and certification requirements. While there is an initial investment in time and money to become certified, it may be worth it in the long run.
The bottom line is that LEED certification can help you be more competitive in the market and provide a tangible benefit to your clients. So if you’re looking to expand your business into green construction, becoming LEED certified is a good place to start. If you’re seeking LEED certification,