The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Since its inception in 1998, LEED has grown to encompass over 14,000 projects in 50 US States and 30 countries covering 1.062 billion square feet (99 km²) of development area.
Who Uses LEED?
Architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, lenders and government officials all use LEED to help transform the built environment to sustainability.
What are the Benefits of Building Green?
- Superior Air Quality
- Abundant Natural Light and views of the outdoors
- Lower Energy Demand
- Increased employee satisfaction by creating a comfortable place to work
- Recognition as Environmental Leaders
- Lower carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions
- Less storm water runoff
- Less demand on drinking water supplies
- Less solid waste; longer life for landfills
- Less traffic congestion
Corporate Benefits Include:
- Design for Lifetime Customers
- Risk Management
- Increased Competitive Advantage
- Cost Reduction
- Product Differentiation