LEED® Certification is a method used to assess efficient buildings.

From an energy perspective and through the use of objective design guidelines and quantifiable parameters, it makes it possible to measure the efficient use of energy and water, as well as the correct use of materials and indoor environmental quality, in addition to other factors.

The final review is carried out by the U.S. Green Building Council which is a non-profit organisation that promotes the implementation of excellent practices in construction and design.

The final review is carried out by the U.S. Green Building Council which is a non-profit organisation that promotes the implementation of excellent practices in construction and design.

Types of LEED®

  • New Buildings
    Designed for new business office constructions and all buildings are eligible for this type of LEED®.
  • Existing Buildings
    Aimed at maximising operational efficiency and minimising a building’s environmental impact, it is applicable to both new and newly constructed buildings.
  • Residential
    Energy-efficient design and construction to make homes more efficient by consuming less water and natural resources, generating less waste, and being healthier.
  • Neighbourhood development
    Integrates the principles of smart growth, urban planning and efficient building.
  • Schools
    Applicable to education centres.

 

LEED® Credits

Aire Limpio SIPAP® Active Polarisation and SFEG® Photocatalysis technologies both boast various LEED® credits such as:

Energy and Atmosphere

Prerequisite 1. Energy Efficiency. Best management practices: create a preventive management plan for air filters and a document with the schedule for planned changes.

Prerequisite 2. Minimum energy performance: use a calculation tool to calibrate the impact on energy costs of the pressure drop in filters.

Credit 2.1. Existing building commissioning – analysis: carry out analysis on the life cycle and the energy costs of the air filtration system. Possible 2 LEED® credits.

Credit 2.2. Existing building commissioning – implementation: switching to air filters with lower pressure drop is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy costs. Possible 2 LEED® credits.

Credit 3.2. Performance measurement – system-level metering: implement ventilation air, static pressure, and air volume devices. Possible 1 to 2 LEED® credits.

Credit 6. Emissions reduction reporting: use a tool to determine energy savings and CO2 reduction by using filters with lower pressure drop. Possible 1 LEED® credit.

Materials and Resources.

Credit 1. Sustainable purchases – ongoing consumables: the purchase of these technologies extends the life of filters, and reduces maintenance and the generation of waste, while minimising pressure drop and increasing energy efficiency. Possible 1 LEED® credit.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Credit 1.1. Indoor air quality best management practices. Indoor air quality management programme: specify filters with the appropriate certified efficiency to reduce and/or eliminate particles and gases in the building. Possible 1 LEED® credit.

Credit 1.4. Indoor air quality best management practices. Reduce particulates in air distribution: install filters with MERV13 rating or higher, establishing and periodically monitoring the replacement of filters. Possible 1 LEED® credit.

Credit 1.5. Indoor air quality best management practices. Indoor air quality management for facility alterations and additions: install MERV8 filters in each AHU return grille, if these are used during construction, and replace all filters to sweep indoor space with ventilation air prior to occupation. Possible 1 LEED® credit.

Property owners or building managers interested in increasing the energy efficiency of their real estate asset or obtaining LEED® certification must pay close attention to air filtration in order to achieve this. This is a voluntary action through which a property is objectively granted a level of sustainability.

LEED References

The main advantages of having a Green Building are the following:

  • 10% increase in sale price.
  • 26% reduction in energy consumption.
  • 13% drop in maintenance costs.

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