LEED® & Green Construction
Leadership in Energy
Chicago was one of the first cities to adopt the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System, and according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has more building projects registered to earn this certification than any other city worldwide.
Developed by the USGBC, the LEED® Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. Buildings can be LEED® rated at one of several levels, which include Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. In Chicago, all new and renovated municipal buildings must meet the LEED® Silver rating as a stipulation under the city’s own Chicago Standard.
Gain Green Building Expertise
MCA contractors gain valuable green building expertise through classes offered through their Green Construction Institute, and on-line through webcasts featuring some of the leading experts in the field of green building and LEED® certification.
USGBC LEED® FAQ
Green Construction Insitute
The Green Construction Institute offers courses that keep contractors, engineers, city officials, building owners and UA Pipefitters up-to-date on the latest green technology.
- Green education programs
- Green building awareness programs
- Green newsletters
- Green experts to present information
Green building first gained the support of environmentalists, and has now garnered a strong investment from corporate America. Those who are conscious of national security realize that it reduces our dependency on foreign oil. To an increasing number of city administrators, it means doing the right thing for the public they serve. Chicago’s public buildings must be constructed with green standards in mind, and it is realistic to suppose that someday, all public works projects nationwide will need to follow that example.
MCA’s own building was built to meet the LEED® Gold standard, utilizing:
- Recycled materials
- High-efficiency lighting
- Low emitting materials
- Other green features
All indicators point to one conclusion: eventually, green building will be considered a necessity, not an option. MCA is laying down the groundwork to help Chicagoland and the rest of America to meet that challenge.