Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a nationally recognized standard for green building design, construction, and performance. LEED is used primarily as a design guideline and certification tool by architects and designers interested in developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.
LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality.
Architects, building planners, owners, or other project team members apply for this certification. A building project must meet a set of prerequisites to be registered and achieve the minimum number of points to earn a basic “Certified” level of LEED certification. The number of points the project earns determines the level of LEED certification (from a Certified level through Silver and Gold to the Platinum level).
LEED certification is a third-party validation of a building’s green performance, and it demonstrates that building green need not cost more money to reap benefits. According to the U.S. Green Build Council (USGBC), LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate and maintain and are healthier places to live, work, and conserve our natural resources.
USGBC neither certifies, endorses, or promotes products, services, or companies nor tracks, lists, or reports data related to products and their environmental qualities. However, individual manufacturers’ products can contribute to credits under the LEED rating system.
LEED is a certification system that deals with the environmental performance of buildings based on the overall characteristics of the project. USGBC does not award credits based on using particular products but upon meeting the performance standards outlined in their rating systems. It is up to project teams to determine which products are most appropriate for credit achievement and program requirements.
Please visit www.usgbc.org for more information.