LEED-certified Buildings Can Be Linked, Council Says

LEED status can apply to a single building, or more than one linked together under one certification. That may sound confusing, but it's actually potentially useful, as a recent United States Green Building Council blog article pointed out.

For businesses with unusual offices or workspaces that span more than one connected location, the new post might show some ways to make approaching LEED simpler. Doing so could, in turn, give participants an accelerated way to address potential green office solutions and sustainable improvements. It can also help you obtain a more accurate idea of how your office affects the environment.

Some of the source's examples include the specific ways that buildings may or may not be separated from each other. For instance, buildings that share one parking garage may be eligible for group consideration, as well as a hotel or resort with several small buildings that are less than 25,000 square feet. Two buildings are connected by enclosed walkways may also qualify.

What are the benefits for doing so? Using what the USGBC calls the "campus approach," organizations submitting for approval can use their credits for one entire large area that includes multiple structures. Alternately, applicants can use the "group approach," which applies a single rating and certification to a collection of buildings that meet the credit requirements.

However they choose to meet these requirements, companies can use properly sourced quality office furniture to make an impact on their chance of status.

Under the New Construction category, buildings can qualify for multiple Materials Reuse credits, as long as they follow requirements closely. The Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance subset also allows for credit based on sustainable purchasing and durable goods, so know these options before attempting a new project.