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.
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