For those of you who are not familiar with LEED, it is designed to provide third-party verification that will initially provide the necessary steps to a building or community using several metrics that are aimed to promoting energy benefits. Providing that you have gone in the direction of LEED, you will begin to save on energy savings, water efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources; sensitivity to their impacts as well as you will see reduction in C02 emissions. LEED is becoming well known because of its energy benefits and more industries today are making their buildings LEED certified. However, in the health report there has been gaps regarding human health and the environment. As an example several compounds that had been found in homes and building products can harm human health and the environment especially bisphenol-A, polyvinyl chloride, and plastic additives to name a few.
Another concern was the drinking of water, while reduced water use and conservation of energy including distribution and sanitizing of the water, there has been no credit for drinking the water. There have been no goals for testing or filtration. However, designers have said that LEED is a great tool and has pushed the construction industry in an important direction. It also raises the bar for builders as well as designers.
As LEED becomes more accepted, we hope they will work on the gold standard in making human health a top priority. This way, not only will LEED be eco-friendly but will also be better on our health!