The self storage industry is in the forefront of the “green” industry. Many facilities are energy, waste and water efficient, but there is an industry standard, called the LEED certification that takes a “green” building to a higher level. ezStorage has two facilities in Maryland, Charles Village and Elkridge that have earned a LEED certification. What is a LEED certification and how is it important for a business? A LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a green building certification system administered by the US Green Building Council, a Washington D.C. based non-profit 3rd party coalition of building industry leaders. To be considered for a LEED building, you must go through a rigorous rating system and earn a minimum of 40 points out of 110 points allowed in the system. There are four levels of LEED certification based on the number of points received in the rating system: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. There are five design categories that a building needs to meet in order to receive the LEED certification:
1. Sustainable sites
2. Water efficiency
3. Energy and atmosphere-being energy-efficient with lighting and other energy use.
4. Materials and resources-recycling construction materials and preventing them from going to landfills and using resources from sustainable materials.
5. Indoor environmental quality
The ezStorage Charles Village facility is a fully climate controlled facility that was our first LEED Certified building. This building was renovated from an existing building into a state-of-the-art, green and environmentally protective storage facility. The ezStorage Elkridge facility has achieved the LEED Gold certification. The facility had to meet many standards in design and building in order to receive the gold certification including achieving a 58% energy savings compared to a non-certified building, incorporating native and adaptive plant species in the landscaping to eliminate the need for permanent irrigation systems, recycling 175 tons of construction debris instead of sending it to a landfill and installing a high reflectivity roof membrane to decrease energy demand for the building. You will find a plaque at the Elkridge facility depicting how we achieved the Gold Certification. Also, while you are visiting the facility, look for plaques with the green leaf, which points out examples how the facility met the Gold Certification. ezStorage is very proud of our LEED certified facilities and plan on updating more locations in the future to meet the LEED standards to help protect our environment.