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Sustainable Design / LEED

Sustainable design requires a balance of resources to ensure the ability to meet economic, social, and environmental needs in perpetuity. The importance of sustainable design and development is immeasurable, particularly in Florida because we are geographically vulnerable to natural disasters and are extremely dependent upon the unique ecosystems that support our economy and define our way-of-life.

The benefits of sustainable design include:

• Deceased operating costs
• Increased value
• Increased occupancy and rent ratios
• Improved health and productivity among residents and occupants
• Enhanced marketability
• Preservation of natural resources

In order to realize the full benefits of sustainable design and development, it is important to utilize an independent third party to verify the sustainability of a development. Doing so demonstrates an undeniable commitment to sustainability and ensures that the development is operating at its most efficient capacity, growing your business and saving you money!

LEED Certification
Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most recognized and sought-after verification of sustainable “green” development on the market today.
LEED Measures:

• Sustainable Sites
• Water Efficiency
• Energy & Atmosphere
• Materials & Resources
• Indoor Environmental Quality
• Locations & Linkages
• Awareness & Education
• Innovation in Design
• Regional Priority

It is critical to have discussions about sustainable design and LEED certification early on in the planning and design process. Moreover, working with consultants who understand the ever-changing public policy and market for these services is critical. Barraco and Associates, Inc. is proud to offer LEED accredited professionals that are prepared to assist with your next sustainable project, from Project Team Administration to preparing to achieve specific credits.