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Getting to know LEED: Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M)

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Existing buildings hold incredible promise. Many older buildings around the world are energy hogs and water sieves. With some keen attention to building operations, that can be turned around drastically by using LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M). Consider that it can take up to 80 years to make up for the environmental impacts of demolishing an old building and constructing a new one, even if the resulting building is extremely energy efficient. You may have heard the phrase, “The greenest building is the one already built.” We believe it, and LEED can help you achieve it.  

While you may apply the LEED O+M rating system to any number of project types, from commercial high-rises to data centers, we’ve provided an array of common market sectors to give you a tailored experience that recognizes your project’s specialized requirements.

Who it's for

  • Existing Buildings. Specifically projects that do not primarily serve K-12 educational, retail, data centers, warehouses and distribution centers, or hospitality uses.
  • Retail. Guides existing retail spaces, both showrooms, and storage areas. 
  • Schools. For existing buildings made up of core and ancillary learning spaces on K-12 school grounds. Can also be used for higher education and non-academic buildings on school campuses.
  • Hospitality. Existing hotels, motels, inns, or other businesses within the service industry that provide transitional or short-term lodging with or without food.
  • Data Centers. Existing buildings specifically designed and equipped to meet the needs of high density computing equipment such as server racks, used for data storage and processing. 
  • Warehouses and Distribution Centers. Existing buildings used to store goods, manufactured products, merchandise, raw materials, or personal belongings (such as self-storage).

Learn more about the certification process, and get started on your project today. Find additional resources, and purchase your copy of the LEED Reference Guide for O+M.

Next: Read "Getting Started with O+M"

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