LEED stands for Leadership in Energy Efficient Design. I am a certified LEED AP (accredited professional) myself and I am so fascinated to learn that more and more buildings throughout the city are aiming to be LEED certified. The intent of LEED is to assist in creation of high performance, healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial interiors. The five main categories of LEED certification are:
*Energy and Atmosphere
*Indoor Environmental Quality
*Innovation in Design
Within these five components there are dozens of sub-categories that enable buildings to ultimately become LEED certified. Certification is based on a point/rating system that rate buildings as either Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified.
I don't want to bore you all with facts on top of facts but I just wanted to give you all an introduction to LEED. Here are just a few buildings in Chicago that are LEED certified:
111 S. Wacker Drive
111 S. Wacker Drive-LEED Gold Rated
Bucktown/Wicker Park Public Library-right in my hood!
Chicago Center for Green Technology-first rehabilitated building in the US to receive LEED Platinum rating in 2002.
Northwest Pavilion in Millennium Park-LEED Silver Rated
Target in Tinley Park