THIS is LEED

BETTER BUILDINGS ARE OUR LEGACY.

WHAT IS LEED?

The LEED plaque on a building is a mark of quality and achievement in green building.

Leaders across the globe have made LEED the most widely used green building rating system in the world with 1.85 million square feet of construction space certifying every day. LEED certification provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings. LEED is the triple bottom line in action, benefiting people, planet and profit.

WHY LEED?

LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, reduced stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resource-efficient buildings, and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs. LEED-certified buildings will directly contribute $29.8 billion to U.S. GDP by 2018.

In the U.S., buildings account for:

38%

Of all CO2 emissions

 

13.6%

Of all potable water (15 trillion gal. / year)

73%

Of U.S. electricity consumption

LEED projects are responsible for diverting over 80 million tons of waste from landfills. Compared to the average commercial building, LEED Gold buildings in the General Services Administration’s portfolio consume a quarter less energy and generate 34% lower greenhouse gas emissions.

LEED Buildings:

PROVIDE A COMPETITIVE DIFFERENTIATOR

61% of corporate leaders believe that sustainability leads to market differentiation and improved financial performance.

MAKE FOR HAPPIER EMPLOYEES AND OCCUPANTS

LEED-certified buildings are demonstrating increased recruitment and retention rates and increased productivity benefits for employers. 2.5 million employees are currently experiencing better indoor environmental quality in LEED buildings.

ATTRACT TENANTS

Today’s tenants understand and are looking for the benefits that LEED-certified spaces have to offer. The new Class A office space is green; lease-up rates for green buildings typically range from average to 20% above average.

SAVE ENERGY AND RESOURCES, LOWER OPERATING COSTS

From 2015-2018 LEED-certified buildings are estimated to generate as much as $1.2 billion in energy savings, $149.5 million in water savings, $715.3 million in maintenance savings, and $54.2 million in waste savings.

ARE COST EFFECTIVE

A study of 562 PNC bank branches showed that compared to non-LEED-certified facilities, LEED-certified facilities annually opened up 458 more consumer deposit accounts and had $3,032,000 more in consumer deposit balance per facility per year and increased revenue.

PROVIDE PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMUNITY BENEFITS

Adobe Systems, Inc., announced in 2006 that it had received three LEED Platinum awards for its headquarters towers; not only did it reap great publicity, but the firm showed that it had garnered a net present value return of almost 20 to one on its initial investment.

INCREASE RENTAL RATES

A recent study of the San Diego market showed that the overall vacancy rate for green buildings was 4% lower than for non-green properties — 11.7%, compared to 15.7% — and that LEED-certified buildings continued to command the highest rents.

OPTIMIZE HEALTH

By bringing the good in — like clean air and access to daylight — and keeping the bad out—including harmful chemicals found in paints, finishings and more — LEED creates healthy spaces. Buildings that optimize wellbeing are more important than ever.

LEED Is Global:

More than 79,000 projects are participating in LEED across 160 countries and territories, comprising over 15 billion square feet. You’ve seen a LEED plaque before — USGBC estimates that nearly 5 million people experience a LEED building every day. Many of the world’s most well-known buildings have earned LEED certification.

LEED works with top building professionals around the world to deliver a system that is applicable at the global, regional and local levels. That means that LEED works no matter where you live — from Seattle, Washington to Taipei, Taiwan.

LEED CREDENTIALS

Every story about a LEED building is a story about people. That’s why LEED professional credentials are at the heart of the green building movement. Join a community of over 201,000 individuals who have already earned their LEED Green Associate, LEED AP or LEED Fellow credentials. Learn more.

LEED AP

Affirms advanced knowledge in green building and expertise in a particular LEED rating system. The LEED AP is available with a variety of specialties for professionals to demonstrate proficiency in certain building types.

LEED Green Associate

Demonstrates a solid and current foundation in green building principles and practices.

LEED Fellow

A peer-nominated designation awarded to highly accomplished individuals with ten or more years of professional green building experience.

Every story about a LEED building is a story about people.

OTHER LEED OFFERINGS

LEED Volume Certification

Designed for LEED users looking to certify an entire portfolio of projects, LEED volume certification streamlines the certification process and fee structure while preserving the rigor of LEED.

Here's a sample of companies using LEED volume certification:

STARBUCKS   |   MARRIOTT
WELLS FARGO   |   KOHL’S

LEED Campus Certification

LEED campus certification streamlines the certification process for LEED users who are certifying more than one project located on a single shared site — like a corporate or education campus.

THIS IS LEED

LEED is pushing the green building industry to go further. Developed in a transparent, consensus-based process that includes several rounds of public comments and approval from USGBC members, LEED ensures that leaders can demand more from our buildings, creating healthy experiences, conserving precious resources and benefitting the business bottom line.

How It Works:

LEED projects earn points across nine basic areas that address key aspects of green buildings.

  1. Integrative process
  2. Location and transportation
  3. Sustainable sites
  4. Water efficiency
  5. Energy and atmosphere
  6. Materials and resources
  7. Indoor environmental quality
  8. Innovation
  9. Regional priority

Based on the number of points achieved, a project earns one of four LEED rating levels:

LEED CertifiedLEED SilverLEED GoldLEED Platinum

The LEED rating systems:

LEED works for all buildings at all phases of development, from new construction to existing buildings, as well as all building sectors, from homes to hospitals to corporate headquarters.

  1. LEED for Building Design+Construction
  2. LEED for Interior Design+Construction
  3. LEED for Building Operations+Maintenance
  4. LEED for Neighborhood Development

Steps to certification:

Bringing a project through the rigorous LEED certification process is meant to challenge project teams and inspire them to seek outside-the-box solutions. We strive to make our customer experience easy by providing you with award-winning customer support as you move through the steps to certification:


REGISTER »

Register your project by submitting key information.

SUBMIT »

Submit your completed, comprehensive certification application through LEED Online and pay a certification review fee.

REVIEW »

Your LEED application is reviewed by GBCI, a third-party organization.

CERTIFY »

Certify your project and measure its performance (and celebrate!).