Artec's corporate philosophy strives to balance the demands of building construction with our environment; to this end, our corporate executives consist of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED AP).
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system is the most significant pro environment initiative in building construction. The system is designed for rating new and existing commercial, institutional and high rise residential buildings. It is a voluntary, consensus-based market-driven building rating system based on existing proven technology that evaluates environmental performance from a 'whole building' perspective over the building’s service life.
LEED is intended to be a definitive standard for what constitutes a 'green building'. It is a feature oriented system where credits are awarded on structures that include the respective 'green' features based on the construction and meets all prerequisites. LEED is expected to be expanded in the future to cover all types of buildings and include the full range of life cycle assessment criteria.
Sustainable or "green" construction is a type of construction which is concerned with reducing the environmental impact during construction and over the life of the structure. When people build sustainably the building practices used can be utilized over the long term without causing damage to the environment. The numerous aspects to sustainable construction are frequently overseen by a qualified firm which specializes in sustainable construction and is familiar with the complexities of this type of construction including: economic sustainability, energy efficiency, social sustainability and environment sustainability.