FAQs

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What is the USGBC?

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit agency composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. More than 10,000 member organizations and a network of 75 regional chapters are united to advance the mission of transforming the building industry to sustainability.

The U.S. Green Building Council's core purpose is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. These directives will enable an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

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What is LEED?

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LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and is the Green Building Rating System Trade Mark, which was developed by the USGBC. It is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:

Sustainable Site Development
Water Savings
Energy Efficiency
Materials Selection
Indoor Environmental Quality.

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How does a building qualify for LEED credit/status?

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Architects and engineers work hand-in-hand as they design a building to ensure that as many elements as possible qualify for the LEED points system. As construction of the building is completed, LEED applications are filed with the USGBC.

As the engineer is designing the building, their specifications may include language that will demand products be "green" compliant. In the case of Greenheck products, ASHRAE has worked with the USGBC to tie the LEED requirements to an ASHRAE standard. As shown on the Greenheck/LEED chart, the ASHRAE standard is referenced, along with the LEED prerequisite or credit that our products support.

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There are varying LEED programs in place. What are they and what do the suffix letters mean?

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Each category of construction work has a two letter suffix associated with it:

LEED-NC = New Construction and Major Renovations. This is for high performance commercial and institutional projects and is where Ecologo has chosen to prepare materials for.
LEED-EB = Existing Buildings. This is focused on updating elements of an existing building for operational efficiency.
LEED-CI = Commercial Interiors. This category focuses on tenants of buildings and provides credits for individual spaces within an existing building for the portions for which they have design control.
LEED-CS = Core and Shell. Focused on base building elements such as structure, envelope and building level systems like central HVAC.
There is also a group of residential/home construction codes, which do not apply to Greenheck commercial products.