Lead­er­ship in Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design (LEED®)

Lead­er­ship in Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design (LEED®)–cer­ti­fied build­ings are designed to lower oper­at­ing costs and increase asset value, reduce waste sent to land­fills, lower oper­at­ing costs, con­serve energy and water and reduce harm­ful green­house gas emis­sions.

The Lead­er­ship in Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design (LEED®) green build­ing rat­ing pro­gram was estab­lished in 1998 by the U.S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil (USGBC) to pro­vide vol­un­tary third-party cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of green build­ings, homes, neigh­bor­hoods and communities

The LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram was devel­oped and is admin­is­tered by the U.S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil, a non­profit coali­tion of build­ing indus­try lead­ers estab­lished in 1993.  In the United States, and 135 coun­tries around the world, LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is now the rec­og­nized global stan­dard for mea­sur­ing build­ing sustainability.

To earn LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, com­mer­cial build­ings and neigh­bor­hood projects must sat­isfy all LEED pre­req­ui­sites and earn a min­i­mum 40 points on a 110-point LEED rat­ing sys­tem scale. Homes must earn a min­i­mum of 45 points on a 136-point scale.

For more infor­ma­tion on the LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram visit their web­site.

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