LEED Building Becoming Popular for Hawaii's Energy Conscious Community
Hawaii Preparatory Academy – energy lab – LEED building
LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”…and it’s the latest certification in offering environmentally conscious products and services…I’m finding that more and more buyers are searching for LEED certified builders and green-friendly services!
“The Green Building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy, and threats to human health,â€ said Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer, and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.
More buyers are searching for builders and contractors based on this green design and construction criteria that promote a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas, including a sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, locations and linkages, awareness and education, curriculum integration, innovation in design, and regional priority.
LEED building at NELHA in Kona
The new paradigm of Earth-conscious buyers are engaged in promoting global sustainability by example and are intimately involved with the development and design of their “homes of the future.â€
LEED Buildings at West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona
Even our own West Hawaii Civic Center was LEED built for the future!Â For a building to achieve the LEED certified level, its construction must meet criteria in specific performance standards.Â Upon the buildingâ€™s completion the USGBC will appoint an independent party to ensure it meets the performance standards. [For more information on LEED certifications click here.]
We have many Hawaii farms that are completely off-the-grid when it comes to energy, and now the latest technology can also make farms and homes more efficient by recycling its own energy, conserving water, and utilizing more natural light in buildings…
Buyers are looking for more energy efficient homes
So, I will be researching more LEED builders as we progress…Mother Earth will appreciate us for this!