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Learn more about how EV chargers can help you meet your “green” building goals.
Sustainability & LEED Certification
These days every builder – from the solitary contractor to the multi-national – knows about Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED.
Today there are more than 14,000 LEED certified projects in the U.S. and 30 other countries. The details are many and the rating systems are always being reviewed and updated, but most builders wouldn’t argue that LEED is one of the most widely-recognized independent standards in sustainable building.
In short, the LEED rating system is designed to provide third-party verification that a new or remodeled building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that, in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) estimation, matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
- LEED certification enhances property value
- LEED certification can qualify the owner for a growing list of state and federal benefits and tax incentives¹
- LEED buildings are more energy efficient and generally cheaper to operate
- LEED certification wins major green/clean/sustainability points in the public eye
Installing EV charging infrastructure in your project supports several LEED metrics, including²:
- Energy efficiency (EVs address one of our primary energy uses)
- CO2 emissions
- Stewardship of resources (electricity’s efficiency advantages over fossil fuels are indisputable)
These and other metrics may qualify your EV-friendly property for a number of LEED points toward Basic, Silver, Gold, or Platinum LEED certification2.
Newly constructed buildings and major building renovations may earn up to three points under LEED NC Sustainable Sites (Credit #4.3, Alternative Transportation, Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles) for installing one or more EV chargers. Existing buildings may earn between three and fifteen points under LEED EB Sustainable Sites (Credit #4.0, Alternative Commuting Transportation), depending on how many “conventional commuting trips” can be demonstrated to have been replaced by electric, hybrid, or other alternative fuel vehicles. Similar credits are also available under LEED’s industry-specific rating systems, including LEED for Retail, LEED for Healthcare, and LEED for Schools. For more information, see www.usgbc.org.
¹For a list of government incentives for LEED projects click here.
² The information provided herein is intended for general use only and does not offer USGBC-sanctioned advice or guarantee of LEED certification.
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