LEED Certification

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National Park Service

Visitor Center Complex
LEED Rating System: New Construction
LEED Rating Version: NC v2009
Completed: September 2015
Certification Level: Gold

Project Highlights

  • 378,248 square feet of open space has been provided which is more than the footprint of the LEED-NC building (10,070). Additionally, 100% of this is dedicated open space is vegetated.
  • 49.31% energy cost savings. A minimum energy cost savings of 12% is required for all new construction projects.
  • 53% reduction in the potable water usage from a calculated baseline design.
  • 35.64% of the total building materials value includes materials and products that have been manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the project site.
  • 21.22% of the total building materials content, by value, has been manufactured using recycled materials.
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What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized third-party certification program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC.)The USGBC was founded to promote sustainability-focused practices in the building and construction industry.

LEED certification focuses on the development of green buildings and sustainability and serves as a way to measure buildings in relation to an international standard. Currently, more than 79,000 projects are participating in LEED across 160 countries and territories.

LEED construction certification system awards points for sustainability including energy-efficient lighting, use of recycled materials, and water use reduction measures.Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

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Last updated: June 22, 2016

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