The USGBC started the LEED rating system as a global framework for sustainable construction. The LEED rating system is available to all types of projects, from new construction to operations and maintenance of existing buildings. Globally LEED has over 130,000 certifications with over 8,800 of them reaching Platinum. It’s no wonder why candidates around the world seek out their LEED Accreditations. The market for sustainable construction is growing exponentially as more developers learn about the benefits of the LEED rating system.
LEED Accreditation vs. Certification
A common mistake for a first-time candidate is understanding the difference between certification and accreditation. Accreditation is for people and consists of the Green Associate and AP Specialties. Certification is for projects both new and existing. You can certify a project, but not a person.
|Accredited Professional||Types of Projects|
|Building Design and Construction||New Construction | Core and Shell|
|Interior Design and Construction||Commercial Interiors|
|Building Operations and Maintenance||Existing Buildings|
|Neighborhood Development||Plan | Project|
|Homes||Homes and Multifamily Low rise | Multifamily Mid-rise|
Levels of Certification
There are four distinct levels in the rating system: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified. Projects must meet the prerequisites to achieve any of the levels in the rating system. A prerequisite is a credit that provides a minimum achievement level that needs to be accomplished. Each of the credit categories contains prerequisites that need to be met.
A project earning a Silver Certification has achieved all the set standards and prerequisites that encompass the rating system. Under this level, a building has earning 50-59 points. Currently, over 22,000 projects are certified Silver.