EnviroCon: Heilig-Levine and LEED Cert.

Downtown construction continues and news is rather slow so here’s a little something for you to ponder over. I was reading through some of my usual blogs that I check each day and became inspired to do some research. I recommend the Inhabit blog to anyone that is interested in architecture, technology, and how it is creating a more efficient and greener world for us.

I noticed that LEED certification was a hot topic of theirs and downtown Raleigh does represent on this topic. You can find any LEED project at this link. Here is how North Carolina holds up.

Certified Silver Gold Platinum
Raleigh 0 0 0 1
Butner 1 0 0 0
Chapel Hill 1 0 0 0
Charlotte 1 1 2 0
Durham 5 3 0 0
Goldsboro 1 0 0 0
Greensboro 0 0 1 0
Morrisville 0 1 0 0
RTP 0 2 0 0
Statesville 0 0 1 0
Swannanoa 0 0 1 0

Durham is way ahead of the pack with more projects then anyone else. The triangle, as a whole, has plenty of projects worth noting. The Heilig-Levine building is the only building that has received the highest level of LEED certification in NC. Click here to check out its score sheet. If you look carefully at some of the requirements to score points, you can get an idea of what a developer must do to renovate or build a structure that can be LEED certified.

Unfortunately, I do not have any expertise in what it actually costs to be LEED certified rather then not. I need to research this more. However, I believe that with more energy-efficient technology, talk of better transit, and rising costs here in the area, LEED certified buildings will become more common. The city is taking the right steps by making goals, such as reducing fossil fuel consumption by 20% over the next five years. What green elements would you like to see in downtown?