September 30th, 2013 by Tatyana Levin
Commercial real estate has been around basically for as long as business has been around, ever since people have needed a place to do business or a physical place for commerce.
But despite how long commercial real estate has been around, it has not changed very much. Yes, architectural fads have come and gone, but for the most part, the process of building buildings for commercial use has generally been the same.
However, a trend is emerging that has the potential to change the way buildings are made and the way that construction of buildings interacts with the environment, and that is LEED certification.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a system that rates how houses and buildings are built and how the function on an environmental level.
For example, if a building is built using only local materials, this is good because it requires less energy to transport the raw materials to the construction site.
There are different levels of LEED certification: certified, silver, gold, and platinum being the highest. Different types of buildings like residential homes, hospitals, schools, and commercial buildings are rated differently and on different principles.
LEED certification has existed since 2009 and Los Angeles alone already has nearly 500 LEED certified buildings with more being built.
The LEED certification program is evidence of a shift in the importance of environmental impact. More and more people and businesses are growing concerned with the environmental issues and making an effort to reduce the collective carbon footprint and conserve resources.