Green building gets a luxurious touch as LEED makes
its way into the luxury real estate market.
Many of these projects are certified through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Led by the United States Green Building Council, LEED has become the most highly used green building rating system in the world. LEED certified projects are recognized by their commitment to renewable energy, reduced waste of resources and a conscientious effort to preserve surrounding environments. According to the USGBC, there are more than 273,059 LEED-certified residential units in the United States alone.
In trendsetting cities, eco-friendly features such as solar power panels and cyclical water drainage systems can be seen on sleek sky-rises. One such project in Miami is the Brickell City Centre. The center uses an outdoor connector in the development's retail space. The connector uses wind power and funnels it through the connector so it can be used for the building. The passageway also provides shade and even collects rainwater to be used in the building's air conditioning system.
"We are pioneer for the time," Christopher Gandolfo, vice president of Swire Properties, which developed the Brickell City Center, said in a recent press release.
LEED-certified projects offer high style and high functionality with very little economic or environmental impact. Reducing waste and energy-needs for projects is not only sustainable, but it keeps costs for projects down, too.
Overall, LEED projects are expected to grow in all property markets. From residential homes to commercial businesses and in all price points, sustainable design is one trend that is here to stay. Nevertheless, LEED is far from perfect because the rating system does not take into account the full lifecycle of the building and changes made after the certification is earned. Even so, it is a step in the right direction.
To get certified in LEED and participate in this exciting field, start with Zack Academy's LEED homepage.