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An Overview of the LEED Rating System

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Greener buildings offer greater environmental sustainability as well as utility savings for homeowners. The LEED rating system is a third-party certification that rates a structure’s green features so property owners know exactly what they’re getting when they build or purchase a home. If you are a construction contractor in New Jersey, can provide LEED recycling services for your commercial or residential project.

What Is the LEED Rating System?
The LEED rating system is a tool developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Its purpose is to provide third party testing and certification of new buildings, including commercial and residential structures, that rates the structure’s green features. LEED verification ensures that the green features installed in a building are functioning as advertised. The ultimate goal of the LEED rating system is to transform the way homes and other buildings are designed and constructed to increase sustainability and improve occupant health.

How Does the LEED Rating System Work?
The LEED system rates a building based on five categories: sustainable sites, building materials and resources, energy and atmosphere, water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality. Any additional design features not included in these categories falls under a sixth category: innovation and design. Sustainable site credits rate the impact of a building on its immediate environment and local ecosystem. Building materials and resources credits are earned by using sustainable or recycled materials and reducing waste during construction. The energy and atmosphere category rates a building’s overall energy performance and consumption. LEED water efficiency rates savings in water consumption through smarter use of water and green plumbing practices. Indoor environmental quality is measured based upon the reduction of indoor pollutants and the amount of access to outdoor air as well as outdoor views. offers dumpster rental services for construction projects of any size in NJ. You can learn more about waste removal and LEED construction recycling by calling (201) 258-3699. Take a look through our website for a full listing of our dumpster rental services for homes, businesses, and contractors.


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