LEARN ABOUT LEED
LEED® or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a program
of the U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org),
that certifies new and existing buildings according to strict sustainability guidelines.
The USGBC uses four certification levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified)
depending on how many points a building scores on the LEED checklist. What does
LEED certification measure? Click here for an overview.
LEED-NC. New construction and major renovations. This program is designed
to guide and distinguish new high-performance commercial and institutional projects.
LEED-EB. Existing buildings. This rating system provides a benchmark to measure
operations, improvements and maintenance for existing buildings.
LEED-CI. Commercial interiors. This guides tenants and designers to make
sustainable choices for tenant improvement projects.
LEED-CS. Core and shell only on new construction. This designation helps
designers, builders, developers and owners implement sustainable design. Tenant
improvements are not certified under the CS rating.
for a complete overview of LEED designations.
ENERGY STAR® is a program designed by the EPA to work with businesses
and organizations to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through
strategic energy management. To receive an ENERGY STAR label, a building must score
in the top 25 percent based on EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System.
The EPA compares energy use among similar buildings on a scale of 1-100 and buildings
that score a 75 or higher may be eligible for an ENERGY STAR label.
Unico’s portfolio-wide ENERGY STAR score of 82 makes the portfolio 32 percent
more efficient than the national average. We benchmark 100 percent of Unico’s 31
ENERGY STAR eligible buildings.
Our Department of Sustainability keeps green and sustainable initiatives a top priority
at Unico. To speak to our Sustainability team, zip an email to Brett Phillips, Director of Sustainability.