The impact of buildings
Buildings have a substantial impact on the health and wellbeing of people and the planet. Buildings use resources, generate waste and are costly to maintain and operate. Green building is the practice of designing, constructing and operating buildings to maximize occupant health and productivity, use fewer resources, reduce waste and negative environmental impacts, and decrease life cycle costs.
Why use LEED?
Instant recognition for your building
Faster lease up rates
Higher resale value
Healthier indoor space
Lower use of energy, water and other resources
Better for building occupants, the community and the environment
Enhances your brand and establishes you as a leader in green building
"For over a decade, Colgate-Palmolive has utilized LEED to design and construct our manufacturing sites all over the world” said Vance Merolla, Worldwide Director of Sustainability. "Today our business and employees are realizing the benefits of our LEED efforts through healthy work environments and efficient responsible operations.”
A LEED for every project
LEED is for all building types and all building phases including new construction, interior fit outs, operations and maintenance, and core and shell. There’s a LEED for every type of building project.
Building Design and Construction
For new construction or major renovations; includes New Construction, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, Warehouses & Distribution Centers, and Healthcare. Learn more about building design and construction.
Interior Design and Construction
Building Operations and Maintenance
For existing buildings that are undergoing improvement work or little to no construction; includes Existing Buildings, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers and Warehouses & Distribution Centers. Learn more about operations and maintenance.
For new land development projects or redevelopment projects containing residential uses, nonresidential uses, or a mix. Projects can be at any stage of the development process, from conceptual planning to construction; includes Plan and Built Project. Learn more about neighborhood development.
Cities and Communities
For entire cities and sub-sections of a city. Using the Arc performance platform, LEED for Cities projects can measure and manage their city’s water consumption, energy use, waste, transportation and human experience. Learn more about LEED for Cities.
Available for all LEED projects certified under the BD+C or O+M rating systems, or registered to pursue LEED O+M certification. LEED Zero is for projects with net zero goals in carbon and/or resources. Learn more about LEED Zero.
Achieve better buildings with LEED
Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories: Location & Transportation, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation and more. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
40-49 points earned
50-59 points earned
60-79 points earned
80+ points earned
The process is designed to inspire project teams to seek innovative solutions that support public health and our environment, while saving building owners money over a project’s life cycle. Here's how to get started:
Each LEED rating system groups requirements that address the unique needs of different building and project types.
- For LEED v4: Discover LEED to determine which rating system is the best fit and then follow up by reading the Selection Guidance to make sure you've made the right choice.
- For LEED 2009: Use our other Selection Guidance to choose between the available LEED 2009 rating systems.
Make sure to check out the Minimum Program Requirements to know if your project is eligible for LEED certification.
We strive to make the LEED customer experience the best it can be. Our Certification Guides lead projects through the LEED process under each rating system, starting from registration to certification.
Prerequisites are the green building standards every project must meet. Credits allow project teams to customize how they pursue certification. By fulfilling credits, projects earn points that determine its certification level: Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points) and Platinum (80+).
We have developed a set of LEED Reference Guides for each rating system to help project teams understand each credit and prerequisite. We also have built a comprehensive online toolkit, which includes key supplemental material for LEED projects like addenda and sample forms.
Now you're ready to begin:
- Register your project on LEED Online
- Prepare documentation
- Accept certification or ask questions
- And celebrate your success
Access project tools to apply LEED strategies to your project. Tools include key supplemental material for LEED projects.