The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a nationally accepted benchmark in the Unites States for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
The system is increasingly being used in other countries that do not have certification programs of their own, and many global corporations are adopting LEED criteria as commonly recognized standards since there is no one global system available.
LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection, and indoor environmental quality.
LEED projects in Nokia
Nokia’s first project built in the spirit of LEED New Construction was in White Plains, New York, in the United States. Nokia is working towards LEED Gold certification in the Beijing Economic Technological Development Area (BDA), China with credits evaluated by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Additionally, Nokia’s first factory LEED project is now underway in Cluj, Romania.
LEED strategy includes evaluation of existing buildings. Nokia is currently looking at whether LEED EB (Existing Buildings) or LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) can be applied to its future major renovation projects.
Why do we seek LEED certification and how?
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest environmental performance standards. The LEED seal is recognized evidence that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work. This initiative also provides long-term cost savings and adds increased asset value to properties.
To earn certification, a project must meet certain prerequisites and performance benchmarks ("credits") within each category. Projects are awarded Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification depending on the number of credits they achieve. The LEED project requires close co-operation with different teams (construction/renovation team, technical team, architects, designers, environmental team etc.) because many of the credits are related to specific areas of expertise.