LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a national certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to encourage the construction of energy and resource-efficient buildings that are healthy to live in.
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, it provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognised symbol of sustainability achievement.
LEED characteristics and benefits:
- It works for all building types anywhere and it is used in over 165 countries and territories.
- It uses a stronger, performance-based approach to indoor environmental quality for better occupant comfort.
- It focuses on materials to get a better understanding of what's in them and the effect those components have on human health and the environment.
- It brings the benefits of smart grid thinking to the forefront with a credit that rewards projects for participating in demand response programmes
- It provides a clearer picture of water efficiency by evaluating total building water use
- LEED buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste and support human health. They attract tenants, cost less to operate and boost employee productivity and retention.
- More than 2.2 million square feet are LEED certified every day, with more than 92,000 projects using LEED.