LEED stands for green building leadership. LEED is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe.
LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project. Still curious about what LEED is or why you should use it? Learn more in the LEED digital marketing brochure .
LEED v4 is the newest version of the world's premier benchmark for high-performance green buildings.
This version is bolder, more specialized, and designed for an improved user experience.
Here's why LEED v4 is better:
- Includes a focus on materials that goes beyond how much is used to get a better understanding of what's in the materials we spec for our buildings and the effect those components have on human health and the environment
- Takes a more performance-based approach to indoor environmental quality to ensure improved occupant comfort
- Brings the benefits of smart grid thinking to the forefront with a credit that rewards projects for participating in demand response programs
- Provides a clearer picture of water efficiency by evaluating total building water use
The key to success is making sure
you're using the right tools. LEED v4 is backed by a supporting cast of tools and resources.
LEED is flexible enough to apply to all project types.
Each rating system groups requirements that address the unique needs of building and project types on their path towards LEED certification. Once a project team chooses a rating system, they’ll use the appropriate credits to guide design and operational decisions.
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Building Design + Construction
Applies to buildings that are being newly constructed or going through a major renovation; includes New Construction, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, Warehouses & Distribution Centers, and Healthcare. Learn more
Interior Design + Construction
Applies to projects that are a complete interior fit-out; includes Commercial Interiors, Retail and Hospitality. Learn more
Building Operations + Maintenance
Applies to existing buildings that are undergoing improvement work or little to no construction; includes Existing Buildings, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, and Warehouses & Distribution Centers. Learn more
Applies to new land development projects or redevelopment projects containing residential uses, nonresidential uses, or a mix. Projects can be at any stage of the development process, from conceptual planning to construction; includes Plan and Built Project. Learn more
Applies to single family homes, low-rise multi-family (one to three stories), or mid-rise multi-family (four to six stories); includes Homes and Multifamily Lowrise and Multifamily Midrise. Learn moreSource: www.usgbc.org