- Porto Office’s Building B has received the LEED® Gold certification, which confirms the high standard of the construction and the consideration given to the health and comfort of its users and the environment. Building A, which is under construction, is a candidate for the same certification.
- The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) system was created and developed in 1998 by the independent American organisation the Green Building Council, promoting the Eco-Building concept. This organisation includes companies, universities, schools and government units interested in taking action to promote and create ‘green buildings’.
- The LEED rating is a points-based system for assessing whether office, residential and public buildings meet the requirements of sustainable construction. The evaluation is carried out by a group of independent experts who take into account factors such as rational use of resources, building location, energy efficiency, water economy, reduction of CO2 emissions, improvements in microclimate quality inside the building, the usage of materials which are safe for future users of the building and for the environment, and the promotion of alternative forms of transport such as bicycles and electric cars. Based on the scores earned in all categories, one of three LEED certifications is awarded: Silver, Gold or Platinum.
- The LEED symbol is globally recognised and provides authoritative proof that a building is both environmentally friendly and user friendly.
Find out more about LEED certification: http://leed.usgbc.org/