Building Sustainability: LEED Certification & KWA’s Commitment to the Environment

Sustainable building practices aren’t just a trend; they are an indicator of leadership and commitment to the environment, and they are quickly becoming the standard in the construction industry. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building program. Through the LEED program, builders and building owners are provided “a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.” (U.S. Green Building Council)

The LEED Program was established by the U.S. Green Building Council and provides verifications of green buildings. This program is “transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed and operated.” (U.S. Green Building Council) Buildings that have been LEED-certified are designed to:

  • Lower operating costs

  • Increase asset value

  • Reduce waste

  • Conserve energy and water

  • Be healthier and safer for occupants

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

In many cities, LEED-certified buildings also qualify for tax rebates and zoning allowances, among other incentives.

Commercial and residential buildings — new or existing — must satisfy a standard of prerequisites to become LEED-certified. Commercial buildings must earn a minimum of 40 points on a 110-point LEED rating system, where residential buildings must earn a minimum of 45 points on a 136-point scale.

Participating in the LEED program is voluntary, but demonstrates leadership, innovation, commitment to and stewardship of the environment as well as social responsibility. KWA shares this commitment to our environment and culture. We understand the importance of using eco-friendly and sustainable materials in our structures and are honored to be a Texas LEED Certified Multi-Family Building company.

It is exciting to see LEED connect builders and building owners on a global level. LEED projects have been established in 135 countries across the world, uniting a global community around sustainable construction practices, while providing regional solutions for builders and building owners in their unique communities and environments.