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leed certification

LEED Certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

what is leed
What is LEED?
  • An internationally recognized green building certification system which provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at increasing performance, reducing waste, and improving quality of life.
leed 101
LEED 101
  • Created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998
  • Grown to cover more than 20,000 projects in 50 US States and 30 countries
  • LEED impacts anyone involved in building design, construction, and operations.
the usgbc and the gbci
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Focuses on developing and refining the LEED standards

Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)

Runs the LEED Building Certification and LEED Professional Accreditation programs

Ensures the consistency, capacity and integrity of the LEED certification process

The USGBC and the GBCI
the leed rating systems
The LEED Rating Systems
  • Grouped into five main categories
    • Building Design & Construction
    • Interior Design and Construction
    • Operations & Maintenance
    • Homes
    • Neighborhood Development
building design and construction
Building Design and Construction
  • Contains five LEED rating systems
    • New buildings and old buildings undergoing major renovations
    • Schools, Hospitals, Office Buildings, and Apartment Buildings
green interior design and construction
Green Interior Design and Construction
  • Includes: LEED Commercial Interiors and LEED Retail Interiors
  • Designed specifically for tenants leasing a portion of a larger building
green building operations and maintenance
Green Building Operations and Maintenance
  • Includes: LEED for Existing Buildings and LEED for Existing Schools
  • The rating systems for existing buildings can be used by building owners and operators to measure operations and maintenance as well as make minor improvements.
  • Designed for single and multi-family residential structures that are three stories or less
  •  Modeled after the Environmental Protection Agency’s successful Energy Star for Homes program and became available to the public in 2008.
neighborhood development
Neighborhood Development
  • Integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national program for neighborhood design
  • Will be released to the public in 2010
how to achieve certification
How to achieve certification
  • LEED points are awarded on a 100-point scale
  • Credits are weighted to reflect their potential environmental impacts
what leed measures credit category
What LEED Measures (credit category)
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Locations & Linkages
  • Awareness & Education
  • Innovation in Design
  • Regional Priority
leed credentialing process
LEED Credentialing Process
  • Green Associate
  • AP with specialty
  • AP Fellow
benefits of a leed credential
Benefits of a LEED Credential
  • Will provide you with an invaluable overview of what exactly green building and sustainable development means
leed in the news
LEED In the News
  • “The home building industry is struggling, but one sector is booming: green homes.” – USA Today
  • “Building green could add hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy, according to a new report released by the U.S. Green Building Council.” – New York Times
  • http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/Thousands-decend-on-Phoenix-for-Greenbuild-conference-69807372.html
  • “A new study found that tenants in green buildings experience increased productivity and fewer sick days. The research also found that that green buildings have lower vacancy rates and higher rents than non-green counterparts.” – Business Week
  • http://www.everblueenergy.com/leed-certification
  • http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19