Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a program devised by the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) to encourage sustainable practices in the design and development of buildings. It has established standards of performance used worldwide for design, construction, operation and maintenance including energy conservation, recycling, daylighting, use of sustainable materials and techniques, as well as life cycle costs and payback analysis. LEED buildings attract tenants, cost less to operate and boost employee productivity and retention.
LEED certification provides independent verification of a building or development’s green features. Accreditation is based on a point scoring system divided into categories which reflect the level or extent of green building construction methods and sustainable construction materials incorporated in the project. The USBGC awards four levels for LEED Designation:
LEED Certified: 40 to 49 points
LEED Silver: 50 to 59 points
LEED Gold: 70 to 79 points
LEED Platinum: 80+ points
Evaluation for LEED certification is based on green building categories:
Water and energy efficiency
Materials and resources
Indoor environmental quality
Sustainable site, location and transportation
LEED certification is a process of four primary steps:
Register your project
Submit your completed application
Your application is reviewed for the appropriate points gained in each category
Certification is awarded for the level you have achieved
Learn more about LEED by visiting https://new.usgbc.org/leed and watching the video below:
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