Not surprisingly, marketing a master-planned community as green is becoming very popular throughout North America.
LEED evaluates new buildings and provides a verifiable means of demonstrating that a building is “green”. Under the LEED certification program, there are four classification levels or ratings: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The levels are based on points awarded for the design, construction, and operation of a building. The Certified level requires a minimum of 26 points; Silver requires 33 points; Gold is 39 points; and Platinum requires 52 points out of the 69 total possible points. Points are awarded for sustainable sites, energy efficiency, material and resources efficiency, environmental quality, and more.
usage is also addressed, as there are currently ten points
available under the water efficiency category. In addition to the required base points, Brac Systems can earn you up to
four additional points. Thus for a builder, reducing water usage within a building can be a quick and
easy way to obtain LEED credits, and can be achieved with little
additional cost over standard plumbing fixtures and fittings.