The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a list of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.
LEED was created to accomplish the following:
Define “green building” by establishing a common standard of measurement. Promote integrated, whole-building design practices. Recognize environmental leadership in the building industry. Stimulate green competition. Raise consumer awareness of green building benefits. Transform the building market.
Green Building Council members, representing every sector of the building industry, developed and continue to refine LEED. The rating system addresses six major areas:
- Sustainable Sites (14 possible points toward certification)
- Water Efficiency (5)
- Energy and Atmosphere (17)
- Materials and Resources (13) (applicable to wool carpet – 1pt given)
- Indoor Environmental Quality (15) (applicable to wool carpet – 1 pt given)
- Innovation and Design Process (4, plus 1 for having a LEED – accredited professional on the design team)
Godfrey Hirst wool carpet now earns one (1) point under the Materials and Resources criteria.
Godfrey Hirst is in the process of having carpets tested to meet the Indoor Environmental Quality criteria, which will allow for another one (1) point.
The total maximum points that wool carpet can receive is two (2) points.