The acronym LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This program assesses a building design, from conception to completion, in terms of energy efficiency, air quality, water usage, and the choice of building materials. It also addresses the environmental factors, including access to public transportation and responsible use of land.
The program itself is sponsored by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Projects that participate in the program are awarded certification based on different certification criteria. With each of the criteria, different points are awarded -Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points), and Platinum (80+ points).
Why LEED Certifications Are Beneficial
Obtaining LEED certification demonstrates environmental responsibility and responsible building practices. Not only can this boost the building owner and contractor’s reputation, but it also provides the fra