The LEED rating system offers four different certification levels, the highest of which is Platinum. To qualify for this standard, projects have to earn at least 80 points based on the various energy-related credits they work toward. The second highest level, Gold, requires between 60 and 79 points and still represents a major achievement. While many may try to create buildings that achieve LEED status for the first time, there are specific concerns that come with transitioning from Gold to Platinum.
Committing to this higher standard shows an ongoing desire to improve energy use. In a piece for Triple Pundit, William Truszkowski of The Telos Group described some of the reasons to make the transition, including a desire to enforce social responsibility principles. By achieving the highest certification, Truszkowski wrote, a building gains a higher level of “prestige.”
“Many tenants seeking trophy building space are the same corporations that have set ambitious environmental sustainability goals for achievement by the year 2020,” he said. “By locating in a green building with LEED Platinum certification, tenants can make a stronger statement on their commitment to sustainability to their investors, employees and other key stakeholders.”
Some of the other benefits of the Platinum designation can include:
- Continuous excellence: As the amount of points needed for the biggest certification change, projects that are already in the highest range are better prepared to maintain their place in the lead.
- Industry leadership: Earning a Platinum seal will help your business stand out as a leader for its higher levels of compliance.
- Maximum use of PR channels: All certified projects can gain attention from a coordinated PR campaign, especially those at the top level.
Using quality office furniture from responsible sources, businesses may be able to push ahead to the very highest certification and improve their performance by that much more.