What is LEED certification?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the accepted standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is an easy way for you to exhibit that your building project is actually "green."
The LEED rating system, developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is designed to support construction practices that increase profitability and reduce the harmful environmental impacts of buildings while improving occupant health and comfort.
What are the benefits of LEED certification?
LEED certification, which includes precise third-party commissioning procedures, allows you to demonstrate to the public and your clients that your facilities have achieved your company's environmental initiatives and that your building is performing as efficiently as possible. Certification allows you take advantage of tax credits in the Stimulus plan, and can help increase customer base and retention.
The LEED rating system presents four certification rankings for new construction, Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum, each match up to the number of credits amassed in five green design categories:
1. sustainable sites,
2. water efficiency,
3. energy and atmosphere,
4. materials and resources and
5. indoor environmental quality.
LEED standards include new commercial construction and major reconstruction projects, interior projects and existing building operations.