Doing their part to take care of the environment is high on the priority list for many of today’s consumers. They want to know the products they choose to purchase and the companies they choose to do business with are committed to green practices - and that includes the building industry.
Today, homeowners want to live in homes that were built using sustainable practices. Businesses want their offices to maximize energy efficiency while keeping office environments warm and welcoming. People want the structures where they live and do business, and the process of building those structures, to be as green as possible without sacrificing livability.
Which means if businesses want to succeed, they need to get on board and let consumers know they are committed to sustainable practices.
What is LEED certification?
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification process that evaluates a building’s environmental performance. There are four levels of LEED Certification, which are determined using a point system (the higher the points, the better):
- 40 - 49 points: Certified
- 50 - 59 points: Silver
- 60 - 79 points: Gold
- 80 - 110 points: Platinum
There are currently nine categories for LEED Certification:
- New Construction and Major Renovations
- Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance
- Core and Shell
- Neighborhood Development
- Commercial Interiors
Why does LEED Certification matter?
LEED Certification is one of the most important factors to determine whether a building is using sustainable manufacturing, building and design. It is one of the best things you can do for your business.
Any builder can say they use environmentally conscious practices, but there is no way for consumers to be sure unless those practices are verified. That’s where LEED Certification comes in.
When you secure a LEED Certification for your building, it lets your customers know that what you say about your sustainable practices is true and has been verified by a reputable agency. This reassures consumers that you are committed to both creating structures that are energy and water efficient and building those structures through sustainable, environmentally friendly practices.
Timber Products: Committed to sustainability
At Timber Products, we are committed to sustainable manufacturing practices. We hold multiple environmental certifications that illustrate our commitment to green practices. These include the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, which awards certifications to companies that practice responsible forestry and take all necessary steps to protect wildlife, biodiversity, and water quality.
It is the Timber Products Company mission to elevate the timber industry and protect the environment for future generations through sustainable manufacturing at Timber Products’ Medford facility and our other facilities throughout the country.