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How Cool Metal Roofing Can Help You Earn LEED Points

18 Oct 2012

So how much do you know about LEED certification and how it may apply to your commercial building? If you’re a business owner, it could be in your best interest to learn a little more about the subject. A LEED certified building can help the environment, may enhance your company’s public relations, and could even benefit your business financially.

LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – a building program designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote green construction methods. Earning the certification may qualify your building for tax rebates from city and county governments and almost always results in lower operating costs.

LEED Certified Roofing Systems

While the LEED program applies to just about every building component, one in particular can be extremely beneficial to Florida commercial property owners: green roofs that may make a building more energy efficient and contribute to lower heating and cooling costs. There are numerous types of LEED certified roofing systems, but one characteristic that they all share is the ability to reflect away much of the sun’s heat – a tremendous benefit for commercial buildings located in the Sunshine State. Lowering the temperature of the roof normally results in a reduced cooling load on the HVAC system and that translates to lower energy costs.

Cool Metal Roofing Solutions for LEED Certification

LEED certification is based upon a point system with points being awarded for green building practices in the areas of building site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The total numbers of points that can be awarded are 69 and certification is possible by earning 26. Choosing a metal roof that reflects away enough of the sun’s heat to be classified as “cool metal roofing” can contribute one point toward LEED certification for the building.

So how can you start earning LEED points that may lead to certification? The first step might be selecting a roofing contractor that specializes in cool metal roofing solutions for Florida’s commercial buildings. Rainbow Roofing has more than 25 years of experience in roofing buildings of all types and sizes and knows the region’s climate. We carry a complete line of cool metal roofing products that have received the stamp of approval from the U.S. Green Building Council. And if you prefer a roofing material other than metal, we also install shingles and white roof coatings that can count toward LEED certification. Rainbow Roofing is the expert when it comes to energy efficient roofing solutions.

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