Per Governor Markell’s Executive Order 18, the State is required to integrate the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) practices into all new construction, renovation, and operation of state facilities. The State is to pursue LEED Silver standards and third party certification unless it is determined that such certification cannot be done at a reasonable cost.

At this direction, LEED Silver standards were adopted by DFM’s Facilities Design Standards, which indicates, “All new building construction and major building renovations shall integrate U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”). These projects shall be designed to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards. All such projects will pursue this standard and third party certification unless it is determined that such certification cannot be done at a reasonable cost.”

LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. View LEED details.

To date, DFM has 3 LEED certified facilities.