Do You Know What LEED Means?

Maybe You Should

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) “is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.”

LEED has five rating systems for a variety of project types:

  • Building Design + Construction;
  • Interior Design + Construction;
  • Building Operations + Maintenance;
  • Neighborhood Development; and,
  • Homes

Each rating system includes a combination of credit categories:

  • location and transportation,
  • materials and resources,
  • water efficiency,
  • energy and atmosphere,
  • sustainable sites
  • indoor environmental quality,
  • innovation,
  • smart location and linkage (walkable + transportation options),
  • neighborhood pattern and design (compact, walkable, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods with good connections to other communities nearby), and
  • green infrastructure and buildings (minimal environmental consequences of construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure.

The more credits (points) a project receives in the above areas, the higher their certification:

  • 40-49 points = basic Certification,
  • 50-59 points = SILVER Certification,
  • 60-79 points = GOLD Certification, and
  • 80+ points = PLATINUM Certification.

PEOPLE can be LEED Certified as well. A LEED professional credential signifies that a professional adhering to the above certifications in the work they perform and the services they provide is a leader in their field and an active participant in the green building movement.

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