What is LEED?


LEED certification has been coming up a lot in building conversations lately, but if you are not in the construction trades, you may not be familiar with it. The acronym sts for Leadership in Energy Environmental Design.  Here is an introduction to LEED  from the U.S. Green Building Council’s website:

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed 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, stewardship of resources sensitivity to their impacts.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners operators a concise framework for identifying implementing practical measurable green building design, construction, operations maintenance solutions.

LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design construction, operations maintenance, tenant fitout, significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.