The U.S. Green Building Council has established nationally recognized standards for the design, construction and operation of buildings that meet the highest green building and performance measures. Known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the standards approach the issue of sustainable design in a comprehensive way. LEED measures buildings in five key areas of human and environmental health:
- sustainable site development
- water savings
- energy efficiency
- materials selection
- indoor environmental quality
The LEED rating systems have been developed by volunteer committees composed of a diverse group of practitioners and experts representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry. The system relies on technical advisory groups to ensure scientific consistency and rigor as well as opportunities for interested parties to comment and review on the standards.
The Mars Center for Science and Technology was designed, from its inception, to earn LEED certification. In fact, the building is expected to exceed base certification and attain LEED’s gold certification rating.