USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based standard to support and certify successful green building design, construction, and operations.
Under the point-based system, projects must satisfy certain prerequisites and earn LEED points that meet specific green building criteria in six categories:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Materials & Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Innovation in Design (projects can earn points for green building innovations).
As a third-party validation of a building’s performance, LEED helps transform the market through a performance-based certification system that promotes integrated, whole-building design practices. LEED certified projects cost less to operate and maintain; are energy- and water-efficient; have higher lease-up rates than conventional buildings; are healthier and safer for occupants; and are a physical demonstration of the values of the organizations that own and occupy them.
LEED building certification is centrally managed by the USGBC. Find out more here.