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LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it is a certification process awarded to builders who construct environmentally-friendly homes and office buildings. LEED offers four levels of certification to new builds; certified, gold, silver and platinum. This certification is based on sustainable sites, water efficiency, materials and resources, energy  and indoor environmental quality. The LEED certification ensures to potential buyers of the building that it has met standards for “green” living.


A heavy duty vehicle used to load materials into another type of truck, like a dump truck or conveyer belt. There are both front and rear loaders, and the loader itself may consist of a bucket, fork or other type of gripping device. In some cases the loading device is permanently attached, while others have devices that can be interchanged to accommodate the particular job. At construction sites, loaders may also be used to transport materials from one location to another.