LEED Certified Buildings

Core Architects have a long-standing commitment to sustainable design. We strive to design buildings that enhance the living experience of the occupants, while reducing dependency on natural resources. We measure our success at sustainable design is through participation with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System. Core has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2008 and has six LEED Accredited professionals on staff. We believe that sustainable practices should be part of every project, and we always aim to exceed energy standards.

Seven of our completed projects have achieved LEED certification.

What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit based in Washington D.C. The USGBC is the voluntary recognized industry standard for sustainable construction practices. The LEED rating system provides a framework to assist your organization's goal of minimizing a building’s energy and water use, which reduce environmental impacts and increases the indoor environmental quality for the occupants. LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED is a points-based rating system with mandatory prerequisites and points that add up to a total that achieves a certification level. Points are awarded on a 110-point scale, with certification levels according to amount of points earned. LEED projects must attain the following points for each certification level: Certified is at least 40 points, Silver is at least 50, Gold is at least 60, and projects receiving 80 or more points are Platinum.