Achieving LEED Credit: Energy Efficient Hand Dryers Can Help

    World Dryer is proud to play a role in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. The USGBC is a non-profit organization devoted to increasing the use of sustainable and green building practices across the United States.

    The USGBC established LEED certification as a nationally-recognized rating system. It is applicable to all buildings—from homes to corporate headquarters—at all phases of development. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project can receive one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

    The good news is that hand dryers can help new construction, renovation and maintenance projects qualify for LEED credits. Replacing paper towels with hand dryers in restrooms helps meet the critical LEED requirements of reducing the waste stream and creating operational cost improvements by eliminating or minimizing the purchase and waste removal of janitorial products.

    Moreover, energy efficient hand dryers, like our VERDEdri, reduce energy consumption through fast dry times and low power consumption. Energy efficiency is another way to earn LEED credits. For existing facilities, a LEED credit can be earned by replacing less efficient hand dryers with more energy efficient ones.

    An important point to keep in mind is that LEED credits are not awarded for products themselves but rather for the impact those products have on building performance—achieved through sustainable design, construction and operation of the building.

    For more than 20 years, the USGBC has been helping to promote spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for us to live, work and play in. We are glad that our hand dryers contribute to these important goals and look forward to being part of LEED projects in the years to come.