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LEED Certification: a Way to Healthy Living for One and All

June 30, 2017

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in a green building developed in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The certification is awarded to buildings that contribute towards protecting the environment. A building needs to adhere to certain prerequisites, green building strategies, across the nine levels of certifications to earn LEED points or credits. The number of credits a building receives helps it to get one of four LEED rating levels: LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold or LEED Platinum. Concentrating on the roofing system can help building owners gain a significant number of credits and help them get close to achieving LEED certification for their building. Roofing agencies in Dallas or any other areas in Texas adopt several modern measures such as recycled roofing materials that improve energy efficiency. The blog discusses a few ways in which roofing can contribute to the LEED credits.

Sustainable Site

  • Use alternative roofing surfaces such as vegetated, pervious pavement, and grid pavers that reduce pollutants and heat islands.
  • Ensure that the vegetated roof covers at least 50 percent of roof space.
  • Include native plants that require nominal or no irrigation and minimal maintenance when developing a vegetated roof on the top should include native plants.
  • Design the vegetated roof in a way that controls stormwater.

Water Efficiency

  • The primary focus in this category should be on the design of the green roof system that should support minimum irrigation to reduce water use by up to 50 percent.
  • Drip system should be used to help the plants grow for 12 – 18 months.

Cutting the water usage by 100 percent and ensuring the percent reduction in total water use in the building is more than 50 percent can help earn 6 credits for the above pointers.

Energy and Optimization

  • The roof of the building must be designed in a manner that it helps the building attain a minimum level of energy efficiency.
  • A vegetated roof can help improve the energy efficiency of the building.

Comprehending to this category can help your building garner 19 credits.

Material and Resources

  • Ensure that the Dallas roofing company reuses the roofing materials and products to reduce waste and minimize the demand for fresh material.
  • Pavers, edging, and compost are a few roofing component that can be reused while remodeling the roof.
  • Roughly 10-20 percent of the material needs to be developed within 500 miles of the building site.

The building can earn 1 – 2 credits each by adhering to these pointers.

Final Words

According to USGBC, approximately five million people access LEED certified building every day. Additionally, environmental awareness has made people realize that staying in such a building will not only be comfortable but also improve their health. If you too want to increase the occupancy of your building, getting a LEED certification is the way forward. Roofing companies in Dallas, Texas can help you convert the roof of your building as per pre-requisite green building strategies. Triumph Roofing and Construction can assist you in remodeling the roofing system to earn the necessary credits by implementing the detailed strategy. Through our roof inspection service, we highlight the changes needed in your building and execute those using modern techniques. You can reach us by dialing 972-332-1766 or emailing your request to info@triumphroofing.net. Also, you can fill our contact form to discuss your requirement, and we will get back to you, shortly.

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