Posted by Karl Johnson on Sep 2, 2010
Related program: Haiti Rebuilding Center
Going LEED in Haiti may be easier than you think. Last Friday, at the Rebuilding Center's second Meet n Greet (official name still pending), our LEED Design Fellow Stacey McMahan hosted a conversation among Haitian professionals about the applicability of sustainable building techniques to Haitian construction and culture. The concensus was: Haitians are effortlessly energy efficient.
But does that make Haiti right for LEED? LEED is a rating system that's quickly becoming an industry standard for sustainable building design in the developed world. It outlines steps to make buildings use fewer resources and rates projects on their efficiency and sensitivity to local climate by awarding them medals, basically. Bronze, Silver, Gold and, for the extremely "green" projects, PLatiNUm. LEED emphasizes the science of the architecture/engineering/construction world, suggesting techniques that most buildings could adopt to be more environmentally responsible.