LEED Certified = Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
LEED Certified is a green building certification program recognizing responsible, environmentally friendly building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, your building must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.
Each rating system groups requirements that address the unique needs of building and project types on their path towards LEED certification. Once a project team chooses a rating system, they’ll use the appropriate credits to guide design and operational decisions.
Today, our training programs proudly graduate "knowledge workers" with technology skills plus hands-on skills and Associate Degrees in Construction Supervision and Sustainable Technology %u2500 with majors in Plumbing, Pipefitting, Welding or HVACR. UA pipe trades industry workers are the heart, lungs, brain, and circulatory system of the Green Building Movement.
The UA is very proud of its leadership role in Skilled Trades Training. For the past four years we have been training instructors to certify our members in Green Systems Awareness. The program is also open to our Employer Partners as well as to the general public.Why is accountability in LEED certification so important?
So why be LEED Certified?
First, there is reward with certification, such as access to expert technical support; wide-ranging marketing benefits; and most importantly, the unbiased, transparent assurance that the project team cut no corners in the making or updating of your Class A green building. The LEED plaque means leadership, and it lets everyone know that the building has an integrated design that will be energy and water efficient, while increasing occupant health and comfort.
Without that assurance, projects can face various market disadvantages, such as “opportunity costs, accelerated obsolescence, or structural competitive disadvantage”. On the public buildings front, third-party verification is critical to showing the community their money is being well-spent on sustainable, resilient buildings that save energy and money. But certification, a prominent display of leadership, also has a large impact on the community’s uptake of green building.