LEED Information

What is LEED?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design and construction of environmentally sound developments and buildings. LEED gives engineers and developers the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact. LEED promotes a whole-building and whole-development approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

State and local governments across the country are adopting LEED for private and public-owned and public-funded buildings; there are LEED initiatives in federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Energy, and State; and LEED projects are in progress in 41 different countries, including Canada, Brazil, Mexico and India.

LEED Certification Levels

LEED provides a complete framework for assessing building and development performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on a system of prerequisites and credits, LEED projects earn points during the certification process and then are awarded one of the four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

StormChamber systems can help you obtain up to 18 points for LEED Certification in the New Construction (LEED-NC) Category by having post-development hydrology mimic pre-development hydrology and/or with runoff/gray water reuse. Potential points available:

Sustainable Sites – 5 points
Water Efficiency – 5 points
Materials and Resources – 4 points
Innovation and Design Process – 4 points

Sustainable Sites 5 Points
Credit 2.0 Development Density & Community Connectivity 1
Credit 5.1 Site Development, Protect or Restore Habitat 1
Credit 5.2 Site Development, Maximize Open Space 1
Credit 6.1 Stormwater Design, Quantity Control 1
Credit 6.2 Stormwater Design, Quality Control 1
Water Efficiency 5 Points
Credit 1.1 Water Efficient Landscaping, Reduce by 50% 1
Credit 5.1 Site Development, Protect or Restore Habitat 1
Credit 1.2 Water Efficient Landscaping, No Potable Use or No Irrigation 1
Credit 2.0 Innovative Wastewater Technologies 1
Credit 3.1 Water Use Reduction, 20% Reduction 1
Credit 3.2 Water Use Reduction, 30% Reduction 1
Materials & Resources 4 Points
Credit 4.1 Recycled Content, 10% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer) 1
Credit 4.2 Recycled Content, 20% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer) 1
Credit 1.2 Water Efficient Landscaping, No Potable Use or No Irrigation 1
Credit 5.1 Regional Materials, 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured 1
Credit 5.2 Regional Materials, 20% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured 1
Innovation & Design Process – up to 4 pts in this category 4 Points
Credit 1.1 Reduces Thermal Loading 1
Credit 1.2 Reduces Salt Water Intrusion 1
Credit 1.3 Mimic Pre-Development Hydrology 1
Credit 1.4 Helps Maintain Base Flow to Streams & Wetlands 1
Credit 1.5 Provides Land for Higher and Better Use 1
Credit 1.6 Bio-Remediation of Pollutants 1
Credit 1.7 Exceeding Requirements of 6.1 1
Credit 1.8 Exceeding Requirements of 6.2 1
Credit 1.9 Significant Transportation Energy Savings Over Pipe
(Typical method of underground stormwater storage)
14 trucks of 48″ CMP or HDPE pipe vs 1 truck of StormChamber™ systems
Credit 2.0 Significant Transportation Energy Savings Over RCP for Conveyance
(Typical method of underground stormwater conveyance)
Credit 2.1 Significant Environmental Benefits Over Pipe for Conveyance
Partially closed end walls provide peak flow attenuation
Open bottom provides for ground water recharge, water quality

To learn more about LEED please go to U.S. Green Building Council.


  • “Because we have installed several StormChamber systems, a lot of engineers have asked for advice on competing plastic chambers. We have always recommended the StormChambers. They far exceed the competition on cost and ease and speed of installation.”

    Dean Clark General Manager, SECO, LLC, Chelton, WA
  • “Much less expensive and much quicker and easier to install than the 64″ pipe originally speced for the project.”

    Joe Szabo Owner, J&R underground contractors, Milan, MI
  • “Significantly faster and easier to install than pipe. Significantly less staging room needed and a lot fewer trucks to receive and unload.” (The equivalent of 213 LF of pipe nest on one pallet, 1,913 LF on one truck.)

    Bob Dawson Owner, Dawson Company, Woodbridge, VA
  • “We have installed several StormChamber systems because we find them to be a lot less expensive and quicker to install than the competing systems and we can install them in two layers on very confined sites.”

    Ed Shaw Shaw Construction, Reno, NV
  • “We were surprised by the ease of use of the system and greatly appreciated support provided. We are already looking forward to building our next StormChamber project!”

    Erik Gervais PE, Constructions GFL, Brossard, QC
  • The Loudon One project in Ashburn, VA

    “I also like that it can be cleaned by air vacuuming via inspection /cleanout ports instead of using water. Anytime you have to clean something with water, then you have to have a truck that collects the water and the sediments in it. Depending on where you can dump that, it can get much more costly as opposed to going out with a vacuum truck.”

    Steve Pandish Director of Water Resources for the engineering firm of William H. Gordon Associates in Chantilly, Virginia

    “The choice of StormChambers met the design requirements for strength in such a way that the chambers could be stacked three deep with 30 feet of cover, if needed. Strong enough to sustain the impact of 18-wheelers loaded with steel. They also were 30 percent more cost-effective than other options.”

    Dr. Paul Mankiewicz hydrologist and consultant to the City of New York on storm water and related issues and executive director of the not-for-profit Gaia Institute in the Bronx, NY
  • Double-stacked system in Tukwilla, WA

    “It was easy. There were no difficulties once the owner decided on the StormChamber system. The project is holding up to heavy traffic, pump tracks, and cranes.”

    Tom Radice Abbot Construction
  • Charles-Lemoyne Hospital, Greenfield Park, Quebec

    "We were amazed by the simplicity of this system and have appreciated the support from the Soleno team during the entire project. We are already looking forward to designing another project using the StormChamber!"

    Érik Gervais, P. Eng Const. GFL, Brossard, Quebec
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