The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is constructed to meet one of the highest green building standards: LEED® Platinum. Developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™ is an internationally recognized green building certification system. It provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
LEED® can be applied to all types of buildings, including new construction projects like the OCSL. LEED® awards certifications based on a 100-point scale. By meeting certain criteria, a project accumulates points. For example, if you're using recycled building materials for up to 10% of the materials in the building, you earn one point; two points if you use 20%. The total number of points a project earns determines its LEED® status: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. The Omega Center for Sustainable Living has earned LEED® Platinum status.