Ohio Strives for More Energy Efficiency

Building use constitutes 36% of the consumption of energy resources. Many new as well as old buildings fall short of meeting the minimum energy efficiency requirements. Ohio's plan is to become a leader in the development and construction of energy efficient buildings. State and local governments are continuously looking for ways for our cities and communities to become more energy efficient.

What is the LEED program?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular certification programs for green building design worldwide. It is a rating system created by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in order to evaluate the overall environmental performance of a building. It encourages the move toward sustainable, green building design. The various levels of LEED certification are Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Shearer's Foods, in Massillon, Ohio, was the first food manufacturing plant to received LEED program Platinum status. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) is responsible for administering the LEED program.

Spray Foam Insulation and the LEEDS Program

Spray foam is a highly effective insulation material and a crucial component for obtaining an energy-effective building envelope. Applying spray foam insulation will greatly reduce the need for energy resources and dramatically lower energy costs

Benefits of the LEEDS Program

The benefits of achieving LEED status includes government, state, and local green building incentives, such as grants, loans, tax incentives, rebates, discounts and design and technical assistance. The incentives vary from state to state.