What is LEED Certification?
The U.S. Green Building Council first published the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) in the mid 1990s. The LEED rating systems were developed to evaluate the environmental impact of buildings based on energy use and materials used during construction. The Green design helps to improve the quality of buildings and their impact on the environment. It is a national accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green buildings.
The LEED rating system consists of 6 categories. Each category carries a possible point rating for a total of 69 possible points:
Projects are rated according to the points they receive and are classified into one of four classes:
Certified 26-32 Silver 33-38 Gold 39-51 Platinum 52-69
|Sustainable Sites (SS)||14 Possible Points|
|Water Efficiency (WE)||5 Possible Points|
|Energy and Atmosphere (EA)||17 Possible Points|
|Materials and Resources (MR)||13 Possible Points|
|Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)||15 Possible Points|
|Innovation and Design Process (ID)||5 Possible Points|
UNITED STATES GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
LEED for New construction & Major Renovations, Version 2.2, October 2005