LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
WHAT IS LEED?LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reductions, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED IS FELXIBLE ENOUGH TO BE APPLIED TO ALL BUILDING TYPES — COMMERCIAL AS WELL AS RESIDENTIALIt works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.
WHAT LEAD MEASURESLEED is a voluntary certification program that can be applied to any building type and any building lifecycle phase. It promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in the following key areas:
HOW TO ACHIEVE CERTIFICATION
LEED points are awarded on a 100-point scale, and credits are weighted to reflect their potential environmental impacts. Additionally, 10 bonus credits are available, four of which address regionally specific environmental issues. A project must satisfy all prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points to be certified.
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) assumes administration of LEED certification for all commercial and institutional projects registered under any LEED Rating System. Learn more about the project certification process.
Find additional project certification information at USGBC.org
Interested in getting your building or project LEED certified? Find out more at the GBCI.org website.
Explore the the various levels of the LEED Core Curriculum