1. Water Efficiency
Projects must reduce potable water use through strategies such as reducing fixtures and fittings and using native landscaping or other water-efficient technologies.
2. Energy Efficiency
Projects must achieve a reduction in energy use compared to industry standards with efficient lighting systems, optimized HVAC systems, and comprehensive building envelope design.
3. Indoor Environmental Quality
Projects must provide a healthy indoor environment by controlling air quality, minimizing chemical pollutants, and providing adequate natural light for occupants.
4. Site Selection & Development
Projects must consider the existing environment onsite and minimize any negative impacts from construction activities. This includes soil protection, erosion control, and preserving existing habitats.
5. Materials & Resources
Projects must use materials and resources from sources with a low environmental impact, and minimize construction waste through the reuse and recycling of materials.
6. Innovation in Design
Projects must incorporate high-performance strategies beyond LEED requirements to push the boundaries for sustainability. This could include green roof systems, onsite renewable energy generation, or cutting-edge technologies.
7. Regional Priority Credits
Projects must meet additional requirements based on the region in which they are located. This could include energy efficiency best practices, reducing light pollution, or other strategies specific to the region.
Projects must provide comprehensive documentation of the design and construction process to demonstrate compliance with LEED Silver standards. This includes energy modeling, material selection, and commissioning reports.