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A Green Mosque?

Believe it or not, the Ground Zero Mosque is going LEED.

I can confidently say that the decision for this house of prayer to go green is the LEAST controversial part of this project. I do not need to get into the politics of the project, because I am sure you can figure it out, if haven’t been following the news. (LoL)

The Mosque and community centre, designed by SOMA Architects, will be the first LEED certified Mosque in the world upon completion. The project is aiming for LEED certification and utilizing day-lighting to reduce the energy demand of lighting a 13-storey complex.

The multi-use Faith centre will include a 500 seat auditorium, 9/11 memorial and a prayer centre to name a few attractions.

AT LEAST ITS GREEN + LEED!

 

THE TOILET AND LEED

The conventional toilet accounts for 25% of daily water use.  1.6 billion gallons (6.056× 109 liters) of water are wasted in America alone due to inefficient toilets. The amount of water we use to flush toilets per day, is more than most countries use for all their daily water processes.  In North America, we are blessed with an abundance of water, but even water is a finite resource and requires an immense amount of energy to be pumped from A to B. A leaky or inefficient toilet

So….. Why not use a little less.

A very easy step and one that earns LEED points in Water-Reduction (WE Credit 3) is High Efficiency Toilets or Dual Flush Toilets. The toilets reduce the water used per flush by 25%!

Many cities give a rebate for purchasing efficient toilets! Whether its your own home or for an upcoming LEED project, theres no reason not to use efficient toilets. The initial cost may be greater, but it is offset by a possible rebate and money is saved every year due to the reduction of water usage.

 

Here are some options

THE FIRST LEED HOMES PLATINUM HOME

Check Out the first LEED Platinum Home designed by SB Architects located on a hillside in the SAN FRANCISCO BAY area. Like your favourite car named Betty, these guys named their house too, the contemporary Hillside House (not as spicy as Betty) The 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath 3000SF home is built using many rapidly-renewable woods and natural materials such as stone. The house is built into a hillside, giving it beautiful panoramic views.

 

for more information about the builders click here

HOW LEED WORKS

Now that I have introduced you to LeadingLEED?
THE OMNISCIENT LEED SOURCE
And an idea of what Sustainability is?
The concept of meeting our NEEDS, and the NEEDS of future generations

So, HOW DOES LEED WORK?

LEED is simply a point system, or a scorecard. The more energy efficient and “green” the building is, the more points it will earn. These points are earned through meeting credit requirements in LEED and there are 6 Categories in which to earn credits.

1. Sustainable Sites (SS)

Site Selection is the first step and arguably the most important part of the green building process. Its simple, the potential environmental effects of the project, depends on where you plan to build it. LEED awards the location you’ve chosen based on items ranging from proximity to PUBLIC Transit to bike storage and showers.

2. Water Efficiency (WE)

Water, like any other resource is finite. As the global population increases, so does the demand for water to be used in human and industrial processes. LEED awards the reduction of water used in toilets as well as the Re-use of GREY WATER.

3. Energy and Atmosphere (EA)

Most credits in ALL LEED categories are aimed to indirectly reduce the need for electricity. EA is the one category whose purpose is to directly reduce energy demand. The LEED rating system rewards buildings for reducing their energy demand, increasing their energy efficiency, monitoring energy use as well as investing in  Renewable energy sources.

4. Materials and Resources (MR)

MR deals with two items, reducing WASTE which is sent to landfills and Reducing the environmental impact of a building’s materials. LEED looks at how Materials are: Selected, Disposed and Reduced. Points are awarded for materials reuse, recyclying, renewable materials and maintaining a building already on the proposed site.

5. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

IEQ is a large section in LEED and addresses the environment INSIDE a building and how it affects the occupants inside. IEQ awards points for lighting, temperature, ventilation, indoor pollution and the amount of Daylight

6. Innovation in Design (ID)

This section of LEED awards points for inventive, sustainable and green building strategies which are beyond the scope of the LEED Rating System and not properly rewarded. There is a maximum of 6 points and having a LEED AP on the project is worth 1 POINT!

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE AN EXAMPLE OF A LEED SCORECARD!


 

 

The Definition of SUSTAINABILITY

There is NO such thing as a truly sustainable building. Whenever we take from the Environment and Earth, there is no way to completely reverse our artificial alteration. However, in recent years we have been trying to attain sustainability, by essentially reducing our affect on the planet we call home.

LEED is a major step in the correct direction on humanity’s route to sustainable building and life. I am not going to bore and scare you with statistics about if we do not change our unsustainable lives THE RAPTURE will come or 2012 will occur. It is much more simple than that. The Earth possesses a limited amount of resources which WE DEPEND ON, the more we use them, the less there will be to support us.

So join me, and 130 000 other current LEED professionals and take a step towards sustainability.

Welcome to LeadingLEED

This website will be dedicated to inform everyone of the benefits  of LEED. We will explain what LEED is, who it can be used for and why it is an economical and environmentally necessity for our society. You cannot avoid the constant use of buzz words such as Building GREEN, Renewable Resources and of course the ALMIGHTY Global Warming. What you can do is educate yourself to realistically understand the threats to our planet and related mitigation strategies.

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