LEED Certification

What is LEED certification?

Around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability and environmental impact. Securing a LEED designation on your green building is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly a "Green Building."

LEED professional credentials can be earned by candidates by scoring passing grades on proctored tests. The testing material is developed through the cooperation between the GBCI and the USGBC.

LEED Project Experience Chicago

LEED Certification Green Building: Chicago Capital

The LEED green building rating system, developed and run by the U.S. Green Building Council, is designed and maintained to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.

What are the benefits of LEED certification?

LEED certification offers compelling proof to you, your clients, your peers and the public at large that you've achieved your environmental goals and your building is performing as designed. Getting certified allows you take advantage of a growing number of state and local government incentives, and can help boost press impact and interest in your project.

The LEED rating system offers four certification levels:

  • Certified
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum

These LEED certification levels correspond to the number of credits accrued:

Example New Construction v4

  1. Minimum Program Requirements
  2. Integrative Process
  3. Location & Transportation
  4. Sustainable Sites
  5. Water Efficiency
  6. Energy Atmosphere
  7. Materials and Resources
  8. Indoor Environmental Quality
  9. Innovation
  10. Regional Priority

LEED certification standards cover new commercial construction and major renovation projects, interiors projects and existing building operations. Standards are under development to cover commercial "core & shell" construction, new home construction and neighborhood developments.

How does one achieve LEED certification?

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED website provides tools for building professionals, including: Information on the LEED certification process. LEED documents, such as checklists and reference guides.

Tips for Becoming LEED Certified

Hire LEED-accredited professionals. Thousands of architects, consultants, engineers, product marketers, environmentalists and other building industry professionals around the country have a demonstrated knowledge of green building and the LEED rating system and process by becoming a LEED Accredited Professional. They can assist you in meeting your LEED certification goal. These LEED AP professionals can suggest ways to earn LEED credits without extra cost, identify means of offsetting certain expenses with savings in other areas and spot opportunities for synergies in your project.