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LEED Compliance

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a worldwide green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or neighborhood was designed and constructed using strategies intended to improve energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction and indoor environmental quality.

LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is chartered to provide building developers, owners and operators a system for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

The LEED certification program encourages and accelerates worldwide adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a set of rating systems that recognize building projects that implement LEED strategies. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

LEED Certification Levels

For LEED, buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:

Level 1: LEED Certified: 40-49 points

Level 2: LEED Silver: 50-59 points

Level 3: LEED Gold: 60-79 points

Level 4: LEED Platinum: 80+ points


LEED Level Point Scoring System

A possible 100 Base Points are awarded across the following categories:

Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy and Atmosphere
Materials and Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality

In addition, a possible 10 Bonus Points can be awarded for:

Innovation in Design (6 points)
Regional Priority (4 points)

Credential Programs

LEED has seven different professional credentials in three Tiers. Tier I contains the non-technical Green Associate (GA) credential, Tier II contains the five technical Accredited Professional (AP) credentials, and Tier III contains the Fellow credential.

LEED GA

The LEED GA (Green Associate) credential is intended for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has created the LEED Green Associate credential, which denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.

LEED AP BD+C

The LEED AP BD+C (Building Design & Construction) credential provides a standard for professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings.

LEED AP ID+C

The LEED AP ID+C (Interior Design & Construction) credential provides a standard for professionals participating in the design and construction of environmentally responsible, high-performance commercial spaces and tenant improvements. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) created this specialty credential to denote practical knowledge of the Green Interior Design + Construction LEED rating system: LEED for Commercial Interiors.

LEED AP Homes

The LEED AP Homes credential provides a standard for professionals participating in design and construction of high-performance green homes. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) created this specialty credential to denote practical knowledge of the LEED for Homes rating system.

LEED AP O+M

The LEED AP O+M (Operations & Maintenance) credential provides a standard for professionals participating in the operation and maintenance of existing buildings that implement sustainable practices and reduce the environmental impact of a building over its functional life cycle. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) created this specialty credential to denote practical knowledge of the Green Building Operations + Maintenance LEED rating system: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance

LEED AP ND

The LEED AP ND (Neighborhood Development) credential provides a standard for professionals participating in the design and development of neighborhoods that meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) created this specialty credential to denote practical knowledge of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system.

LEED Fellow

LEED AP Fellows enter an elite class of leading professionals who are distinguished by their years of experience." To be eligible, you must demonstrate "Major contributions to the standards of practice and body of knowledge for achieving continuous improvement in the green building field." Applicants obtain the credential by peer review.

LEED Version 3

LEED Version 3 (v3) is essentially LEED 2009 plus a few changes. LEED 3 is comprised of three parts:


LEED 2009
LEED 2009 is a reorganization of the existing LEED rating systems with several advancements.

LEED Online
The new version of LEED Online is designed to be faster, smarter and provide a better user experience.

GBCI Certification
With LEED v3, project certification moves to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), an independent non-profit organization supported by USGBC. GBCI delivers a substantially improved, ISO-compliant certification processt.