How Shade Structures Can Help You Achieve LEED Certification

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), one of the top two reasons for building green is client demand (35%) and market demand (33%). Today, many commercial architects, landscape architects and builders are incorporating sustainable designs in response to the increase in demand for outdoor shading needs and environmental sustainability. At Custom Canopies, we support sustainable green build and sustainable design with our custom shade structures. Our shade sails and shade canopies are made of fabric that can add both an appealing design and functionally to building structures.  

What is LEED?

LEED (which is short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most recognized green building certification programs used worldwide. It uses a rating system for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of environmentally responsible and efficient buildings, homes, and neighborhoods.

What are the benefits of attaining a LEED certification?

For many commercial architects and builders, attaining a LEED certification can carry significant incentives. Not only do LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates, but they also benefit from incentives such as tax rebates, zoning allowances, and most importantly, higher property values. A LEED certified building can also benefit from a lower insurance premium as well.

How do shade structures help you get LEED certified?

Shade structures can positively impact thermal performance and energy efficiency. One of the primary focuses of green building and sustainable design is to increase energy and cost savings. Commercial canopies and sails installed between buildings, over walkways and adjacent to buildings can help keep the buildings cool, allowing them to use less energy to maintain a certain temperature.

Custom Canopies is the leading manufacturer of quality canopies, sails, and umbrellas for commercial needs. We work with architects, fabricators and builders to design durable, quality shade structures for a range of industries. We ship anywhere in the United States.

To learn more about our shade structures, including sails, canopies and retractable umbrellas, contact us today.