Leadership In Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a building standard developed to assist building owners, designers and construction professionals to maximize green building practices, by setting certification requirements in a nationally accepted, third-party recognition system. The system was created by the U.S. Green Building Council, and addresses the environmental performance of a building measuring several different facets, including new construction projects and plans, as well as existing buildings. The LEED checklist areas for awards of certification include site sustainability, water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process. Points are awarded in each area, and any project must reach a minimum of 26 points for the basic level of certification.