The leadership in energy and environmental design or LEED Green building rating system is the benchmark for building, designing and operating green buildings in the United States. LEED is a consensus based voluntary rating system used to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings, construction, operations and maintenance. To become certified projects must first meet the prerequisites of the USGBC then earn credits in the six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design process.
Using reclaimed wood can earn credit toward achieving LEED project certification. Because reclaimed wood and barn wood is considered recycled content it meets the Materials and Resources criteria for LEED certification. Reclaimed materials and especially industrial salvage can be used in so many ways in LEED projects from structural members to sub-floor, ceilings, wall coverings, flooring, exterior siding, all types of accents and creative details.
For more information, or to see if your building project may qualify please check out the LEED website here.