WHAT IS LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types - commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle - design and construction. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.
What LEED Measures
LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Materials & Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Locations & Linkages
- Awareness & Education
- Innovation in Design
- Regional Priority
What LEED Delivers
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
LEED points are awarded on a 100-point scale, and credits are weighted to reflect their potential environmental impacts. Additionally, 10 bonus credits are available, four of which address regionally specific environmental issues. A project must satisfy all prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points to be certified.
Area LEED Projects
Access the USGBC National directory to look up members, locate LEED Accredited Professionals, or view specific LEED projects.
Certifying Your LEED Project
Gain access to LEED certification tools to guide you through the certification process.
LEED Professional Resources
Download candidate handbooks to become a LEED certified professional.
The LEED Professional Credentials and Exams are now administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Click to discover the resources available to support each credential – both before your exam and after!