LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third party green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is now an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings and neighborhoods.

The USGBC states “To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.”

According to USGBC, “LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, reduced stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resource-efficient buildings, and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs. In addition, LEED is global. More than 72,000 projects are participating in LEED across 150+ countries and territories, comprising over 13.8 billion square feet. USGBC estimates that nearly 5 million people experience a LEED building every day.”

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