The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based standard to support and certify successful green building design, construction and operations. LEED is transforming the building industry by providing a nationally recognized certification system to promote integrated, whole-building design practices.
The US Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization, created LEED certification to provide independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work. There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning LEED certification:
Lower operating costs
Increased asset value.
Reduce waste sent to landfills
Conservation of energy and water
Healthier and safer environment
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives
Demonstration of environmental stewardship and responsibility
For more information on the US Green Building Council and LEED Certification, visit http://www.usgbc.org.