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How to Obtain LEED Certification for Your Building Project

Last updated 3 years ago

When you are renovating a property for sale or rental, LEED certification can help you attract responsible, environmentally conscious tenants or buyers who are willing to pay a bit extra for green spaces. There are many types of LEED certification available, for new construction and for renovations. Though the specific guidelines for materials and waste disposal are different for commercial and residential projects, the following advice applies to most projects seeking LEED certification:

Responsibly Recycle All Waste Materials
All projects, whether new construction or renovation, will produce a certain amount of waste material. Because LEED guidelines are meant to encourage sustainable practice, if you want certification you must properly dispose of all waste material in a way that does not harm the environment. The preferred way to do so is by recycling all possible materials. Renting a dumpster from a company that specializes in responsible waste disposal makes this process much easier.

Use Only Sustainable Building Materials
From the wood used for wall studs to the paint on the interior walls, LEED guidelines require you to use the most environmentally friendly materials you can in building or renovating your space. You should use sustainably grown woods, non-toxic insulations, and paints low in volatile organic compounds. A professional can help you choose the right materials for your residential or commercial project.

Reduce Water and Energy Usage
Whether your energy comes from gas or electricity, you should aim to use as little as you can. LEED guidelines encourage you to install the latest energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment, use CFL bulbs to conserve electricity, and install low-flow toilets and fixtures to conserve water. Any appliances in your building should be EnergyStar certified so they operate as efficiently as possible.

LEED certification starts with your construction or renovation. If you are planning a project in New Jersey or New York, visit or call us at (201) 258-3699 to find out more about our green recycling and waste disposal services


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