The LEED Proven Provider program has been created by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) to acknowledge LEED consultants who consistently produce excellent LEED submissions. Project teams working with a Proven Provider can expect a smoother and faster LEED certification experience. Design Balance is one of the select group of Proven Provider firms working with the LEED for Building Design and Construction program.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED is a voluntary certification program that can be applied to any building type and any building lifecycle phase. It promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design and Regional Priority. For more information about what LEED measures, visit this USGBC web page.
Yes, we work with many other green building programs such as the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (which has been tailored for many States), the Living Building Challenge initiative by the Cascadia Green Building Council, Energy Star and other high performance building programs. We also develop custom green building programs for firms to use as their private label programs.
Our clients are building owners, architects, contractors, government agencies, school districts, developers and real estate trusts. Who hires us depends on the type of project, how it's being built and the client's priority for sustainable design excellence.