What Is LEED?
What is LEED Certification?
LEED is a set of green building certification standards created by the US Green Building Council.
According to the USGBC web site: “The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED provides building owners and operators with the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance”.
The rating system is used to certify building projects on a sliding scale while also providing education and certification for industry professionals. It’s complicated and can be controversial. Although we’ve been involved in environmentally sensitive building practices for decades, it has now become an industry standard and is very much a work in progress.
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You can learn more about the US Green Building Council’s LEED program at www.usgbc.org/LEED