LEED provides tools to help building owners and operators measure and improve their buildings' performance in seven key areas of human and environmental impact:
- Sustainable site development
- Water savings
- Energy efficiency
- Materials selection
- Indoor environmental quality
- Innovation and design
- Regional priority
How the LEED certification system works
Each of the seven categories has a series of credits covering the most relevant environmental issues within. Each credit can give one or more points according to performance towards achieving the requirements.
The criteria is set out in detailed guidelines for different building types, such as new construction and existing buildings, schools, healthcare, retail and commercial interiors. Based on the overall rating of the building, a silver, gold or platinum certificate is awarded.
The benefits of using Interface products
Using our products can contribute to a building's LEED accreditation under a number of categories, including low emitting materials for flooring and adhesives; use of materials with recycled content; use of rapidly renewable materials; waste reduction; locally produced materials and carbon neutral products as part of the innovation and design credit.
Several Interface employees are experienced LEED Accredited Professionals and can advise you on the best products and services to choose to obtain specific LEED credits, and provide the relevant documentation for your project.
Practicing what we preach
Interface was involved in LEED's development and several of our showrooms and manufacturing facilities have achieved high LEED accreditation:
- Our Atlanta showroom was the first ever LEED Platinum Commercial Interior
- Our Shanghai showroom was the first LEED Gold Commercial Interior in China
- Our Thailand plant is the first LEED Certified building in the country
- Our India Bangalore showroom was among the first LEED Gold Commercial Interiors in India
- Our Dubai showroom is currently awaiting certification