Department of Construction Science,
Research Topic- Identification and analysis of LEED certification points which have not been pursued in most projects
Conservation of energy and protecting the environment has becoming a rapidly increasing global concern for mankind. To address these concerns, initiatives are being taken worldwide and specifically by the construction industry. One such initiative in the construction industry is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). It is a building rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) that sets benchmarks to make building design and construction green and sustainable and then assess the building performance. USGBC has developed a suite of rating systems based on the different types of buildings including LEED NC for New Construction, LEED CI for Commercial Interiors and many more. LEED NC has total of 69 points and a building is rated as Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum based on the number of points achieved by the building. In a preliminary analysis of these points pursued by LEED 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2 versions, it became apparent that there are a number of points that are infrequently used.
The reasons why these points are seldom used has not been studied. This research identifies LEED certification points that are not pursued in most construction projects and analyzes these certification points to hypothesize the possible or probable reasons. The findings from this research identifies the under-utilized points in the current rating system and highlights a rationality for their seldom use. Furthermore, the outcomes of this study can be used to assist USGBC to improve the rating system, by focusing on the possible motivation for LEED AP to go for these points.