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Mar 3 2010   3:23PM GMT

Overheard talking about LEED

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“There is no greater advantage to a LEED school than using it as a teaching tool for our next generation.”


Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). It’s a certification for green buildings.

Dr. Ujjval K. Vyas says:

Owners’ prime interest in sustainable design remains economically driven, since many LEED projects show clear life-cycle cost advantages and will often help smooth the way for community approval. Contractors, on the other hand, are interested in responding to the changing marketplace (this is especially the case for contractors involved in the public sector) and seek to obtain first-in-time status to acquire a competitive edge.

It seems like every datacenter architect has the letters LEED AP after their names.  I get the LEED part, but I can’t seem to find out what the letters “A” and “P” stand for.  Approved Person?

I’m also interested in finding out why LEED certification is such a hot topic.  Are there tax advantages? Is it just for PR?  I can understand why a building owner would want to upgrade his heating/electrical etc. to save money by improving efficiency, but why would go after the LEED certification when you’re retrofitting an older building?  Are bragging rights worth the hassle of getting certified?

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