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The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program

An interesting element of this project is that the designs will distinguish the new transit centers as LEED-certified buildings--some of the first buildings in Reno and Sparks to achieve such accreditation. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating SystemTM is a voluntary, consensus-based, national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.

Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Building to LEED standards may increase initial construction costs, yet those costs are typically recovered within the first 3 to 5 years of a building's operating life through lower maintenance and energy costs.

Learn more about the LEED Program

RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA LEED design and grand opening video