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LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. The LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees. diverse groups of volunteers representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry. Key elements o fthe process include a balanced and transparent committee structure, technical advisory groups that ensure scientific consistency and rigor, opportunities for stakeholder comment and review, member ballot of new rating systems, and fair and open appeals.
LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building life-cycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fit-out, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.
LEED also makes business sense. benefiting commercial building owners as well as tenants.
LEED Green Building Rating System
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs 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. Since LEED was launched, green building has become firmly established in the marketplace and flourished despite the economic recession.
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, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. Please click here to learn more about LEED and the USGBC.
UGSBC Louisiana is the local voice of USGBC, providing LEED workshops as well as green building tours, networking, and educational events.
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.
Certification occurs through the Green Building Certification Institute. an independent non-profit that was established in 2008 with the support of USGBC. GBCI includes a network of ISO-compliant international certifying bodies, ensuring the consistency, capacity and integrity of the LEED certification process.
Participation in LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance. There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning LEED certification.
LEED-certified buildings are designed to:
Lower operating costs and increase asset value
Reduce waste sent to landfills
Conserve energy and water