What is LEED?
LEED® which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification offered by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, green buildings and interiors. LEED is a measurement system designed for rating and assigning points to sustainable aspects of new or renovated buildings. Points differ by the type of certification pursued, but generally it considers sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation. In April 2009, USGBC launched LEED v3. There are four levels of certification with each based on the number of points earned:
Though there are many aspects to LEED Certification and various costs associated with doing so, LEED has become the industry standard for measuring green buildings. The USGBC and LEED Certification continue to receive wide recognition and support throughout the United States.
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