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Learn About LEED

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. 

USGBC LEED Information 

  • Rating systems  -  Various rating systems exist to address different types of building projects, including healthcare facilities, schools, homes and even entire neighborhoods. Review the specifics of the LEED rating systems to determine which rating system is right for your project.
  • LEED credentials  -  Earning a LEED professional credential identifies you as a leader in green building best practices and the rapidly evolving LEED rating systems. LEED professionals stand out among their peers in a growing and competitive industry.
  • Credit library  -  Building projects earn points for satisfying green building criteria. Within each of the environmental LEED credit categories, projects must satisfy particular prerequisites and earn additional points. The number of points the project earns determines the level of LEED certification the project receives. Projects must earn at least 40 points to achieve basic certification.


Why LEED Certification Matters

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the world’s foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. This one page document provides a point by point description of the value of the LEED as the premiere third-party rating system for green buildings. 


LEED v4 - The next version of LEED


LEED v4 is the newest update to the LEED rating systems. Changes from LEED 2009 are seen in three main categories: new market sectors, increased technical rigor and streamlined services. LEED v4 raises the bar on leadership.

LEED v4 User Guide Introduction from U.S. Green Building Council on Vimeo.