What is LEED?

LEED certification is a recognition that a construction project or building can attain by utilizing environmentally friendly building practices during construction or re-modeling. LEED is the acronym that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The model was developed in 1998 to encourage environmental awareness amongst government agencies, architects, engineers, developers, and builders. While design and construction of buildings have used environmentally friendly practices

in the past, LEED was developed to provide a streamlined set of building standards. LEED certification can be attained on four different levels, which are determined by a credit, or point, system. The levels of LEED certification are Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. A building or project can attain LEED certification by submitting an application that documents compliance with the requirements set for in the LEED rating system. The Green Building Council issues LEED certification upon satisfactory application, review and compliance verification.

 LEED NC 2009 Green Building Rating System address the following topics:

a) Sustainable Sites (SS)—for responsible and environmentally-friendly site selection and design strategies.

b) Water Efficiency (WE)—for responsible water use and conservation.

c) Energy and Atmosphere (EA)—to optimise whole-building energy efficiency.

d) Materials and Resources (MR)—to promote responsible waste management and materials selection.

e) Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)—to minimise contaminants and optimize the indoor environment including the use of lighting controls and daylighting.

f) Innovation in Design (ID)—for exemplary performance above LEED requirements or for new green building innovations.

g) Regional Priority (RP)—to incentivise the achievement of LEED credits that are important to the local geography.

Our LEED and Greenscreen PDF document is available for you for download below.