Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has its origins in USA and was rolled out in 2000 by the US Green Buildings Council. LEED was designed to make planners, designers, architects, construction and maintenance professionals re-think the way the buildings and communities we live in are planned and developed.
LEED certified buildings are not only better for the environment but they also reduce energy costs over time. As a result, LEED certificate is becoming increasingly popular.
With the influx of multi-national companies locating in Ireland, we have seen a significant rise in the number of businesses that specify LEED standards as a requirement for their offices and facilities.
At MMP we have extensive experience assessing properties to ensure they can be adapted to meet the correct criteria and to cost out any necessary work.
LEED certified buildings are internationally recognised as being environmentally friendly and more efficient with resources. Reducing CO2 emissions, increasing energy savings and being more economical with natural resources such as water is central to the requirements set out in LEED. It is possible to get certification for both new and old buildings and LEED is applicable across a variety of sectors including:
Projects that apply for a cert are graded and earn points based on several assessment criteria. A points total is calculated and the building then receives a rating level:
MMP is thoroughly familiar with the requirements for each of the different certifications and we can assess the cost implications of moving between the standards, where applicable.
LEED covers all sectors and can be applied to any project – big or small. The Green Buildings Council have broken now projects into five categories.
1. Building Design and Construction
This covers newly constructed buildings or those going through any major upgrades.
2. Interior Design and Construction
This area is concerned with projects relating to interior fit outs and includes retail, hospitality and also commercial
3. Building Operations and Maintenance
Focused on existing builds that are having minor improvements where minimal construction work is involved.
4. Neighbourhood Development
This can be applied to all new land developments or redevelopments that contain either residential or non-residential or a mix of both.
Is applicable to a variety of family homes.
Assessment and Upgrading
At MMP we have vast experience in carrying out cost exercises and assessing the cost of upgrading a building to the desired LEED standard. Our team of experts have the expertise to advise clients on development projects and commercial fit outs and have done so in the past on some of the largest projects throughout Ireland. As industry professionals, we have in-depth expertise in budgeting and monitoring costs.
MMP professionals are also skilled at providing construction project monitoring and during the past decade we have been involved in projects ranging from €100k to over €250M. Our track record for completing projects on time and within budget is second to none.
While we are bang-up-to-speed with the latest developments in our industry, MMP can also offer clients a very safe pair of hands as we are one of the largest Quantity Surveying companies in Ireland and have been established since 1951.
Contact us to discuss your project in more detail.