Have you noticed that many buildings have begun to mention a LEED certification in real estate articles? RDNY.com members tell us that living in a green apartment is important, so we always mention when a building has earned a LEED certificate.
LEED stands for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It’s an independent rating system that’s been accepted nationally for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings.
LEED awards are available only for new construction. The Solaire in 2003 was the first rental building using all green technology and was awarded a Gold certificate. (Yup, we have the Solaire in our database. That’s the Solaire’s roof in the photo.)
LEED introduced a separate designation for existing buildings called LEED-EB in 2004. NYC got its first LEED-EB commercial building in 2007 at the New York Mercantile Exchange. So far, though, I haven’t seen any rental buildings that carry this certification. It’s expensive to retro-fit a building.
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