GreenMD is born to support the health and wisdom of planet earth. Health benefits have been proposed conjoined with inhabiting a LEED certified building. Humanity is in need of everyone to do everything they can to help preserve and maintain a healthful life. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is evolving and supports human health.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Website
Links for ideas to earn credits are delineated under each LEED category. Examples of health benefits related to each LEED strategy follow:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy Atmosphere
- NO2 converts in the atmosphere to nitrate aerosols, a prime component of fine particle pollution. Fine particles are associated with serious health effects ranging from respiratory problems to premature death. Nitrogen oxides also are a building block of ozone smog, a major respiratory irritant that also increases the risk of premature death.
- Material and Resources
- Environment Quality
- Asthma is triggered by indoor air pollutants as well as outdoor allergy triggers. Careful analysis of both indoor and outdoor triggers is important to prevent triggers. Reduction of volatile organic carbons, and proper moisture control to prevent mold are helpful.
- Many large-scale
building studies show that increased volumes of outdoor air, natural
ventilation, air ventilation rates, and filtration of air and improved
cleaning and maintenance of systems are correlated with reduced sick SBS symptoms as well as reduced allergy and asthma
symptoms and transmission of infections diseases. Data is inconsistent
and anecdotal per report by the Department of Energy but worth
- Regional Priority
GreenMD examines the health benefits of living in a LEED
certified building. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design. LEED buildings are certified based on
a credit system which encourages a healthy planet and living
environment. 'Leed' and related logo is a trademark owned
by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by permission.