LEED Credits can be a reality with WaterGrip™
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,
is a greenbuilding certification system developed by the
U.S. Green Building Council www.usgbc.org
- LEED Certification can provide incentives to help offset green building costs:
- A Green Roof or Living Wall installation can help earn LEED credit points toward LEED Building Certification.
LEED Credits are possible for the installation of a vegetated green roof based on water retention and insulating properties. Green roofs reduce storm water runoff into municipal management systems, naturally filter runoff and reduce urban heat island effects by reducing roof temperature fluctuations. If the green roof utilized native plants or provides habitat, then restore habitat points may be possible. Green roofs may also contribute to maximize open space credit.
LEED Credits are possible for the installation of a vegetated living wall based on the ability to reduce urban heat island effect by reducing the solar reflectance of a structure and/or reducing heat absorption.
- Site Development – Protect or Restore Habitat (1 point possible)
- Site Development – Maximize Open Space (1 point possible)
- Storm Water Design – Quantity Control (1 point possible)
- Storm Water Design – Quality Control (1 point possible)
- Heat Island Effect – Roof (1 point possible)
- Heat Island Effect – Non-Roof (1 point possible)
LEED credits are possible for rooftop landscape design that can minimize or eliminate the need for irrigation, allowing for landscaped outdoor space that requires little drawn water. Integration of a grey water collection system with drainage systems may also provide natural irrigation for other landscapes such as a vegetated living wall.
- Water Efficient Landscaping: Reduce by 50% (2 points possible)
- Water Efficient Landscaping: No potable water or No irrigation (2 additional points possible)
Energy and Atmosphere
LEED credits are possible for energy use enhancement as green roofs have been shown to reduce energy demand by as much as 20%, depending on climate. Green walls provide additional insulation and natural cooling for a building. Green walls can also contribute to occupant comfort in areas such as thermal, acoustic, air quality, stress alleviation and overall wellness.
- Optimize Energy Performance (1–4 points possible)
- Occupant Comfort: Occupant Survey (1 point possible)
Materials and Resources
LEED credits are possible for materials manufactured and assembled within 500 miles.
- Regional Material ( 1–2 points possible)
Innovation in Design
LEED credit is possible for the installation of a green roof and/or living wall that improves workplace environment, creates educational library, or creates recreational space.
- Innovation in Design (1–5 points possible)
Benefits of Selecting WaterGrip Growing Media for your Green Roof
Benefits of Selecting WaterGrip Growing Media for your Living Wall
Benefits of Selecting WaterGrip Growing Media for your Exterior Landscaping
Benefits of Selecting WaterGrip Growing Media for your Interior Plantscaping