LEED

Better buildings are our legacy

LEED is green building

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

2.2 million

2.2 million +

square feet is LEED certified every day with more than 90,000 projects using LEED.

flexible

Flexible

LEED works for all building types anywhere. LEED is in over 165 countries and territories.

sustainable

Sustainable

LEED buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste and support human health.

valuable

Value

LEED buildings attract tenants, cost less to operate and boost employee productivity and retention.

See how LEED works, explore current LEED projects and learn why green buildings matter for economic growth.

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LEED v4 is the newest version of LEED

It's designed to be flexible and improve the overall project experience.

Improvements:

Materials

Focuses on materials to get a better understanding of what's in them and the effect those components have on human health and the environment

Performance-based

Uses a stronger, performance-based approach to indoor environmental quality for better occupant comfort

Smart grid

Brings the benefits of smart grid thinking to the forefront with a credit that rewards projects for participating in demand response programs

Water efficiency

Provides a clearer picture of water efficiency by evaluating total building water use

A LEED for every project

LEED works for all buildings anywhere, regardless of where they are in their life cycle. From hospitals to data centers, from historical buildings to those still in the design phase, there’s a LEED for every type of building project.

 

BD+C
Building Design and Construction

Applies to buildings that are being newly constructed or going through a major renovation; includes New Construction, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, Warehouses & Distribution Centers, and Healthcare. Learn more.

LEED v4 BD+C rating system PDF / LEED v4 BD+C scorecard / Reference guide overview


ID+C
Interior Design and Construction

Applies to projects that are a complete interior fit-out; includes Commercial Interiors, Retail and Hospitality. Learn more.

LEED v4 ID+C rating system PDF / LEED v4 ID+C scorecard / Reference guide overview


O+M
Building Operations and Maintenance

Applies to 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.

LEED v4 O+M rating system PDF / LEED v4 O+M scorecard / Reference guide overview

 


ND
Neighborhood Development

Applies to 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.

LEED v4 ND rating system PDF / LEED v4 ND scorecard / Reference guide overview


Homes

Applies to single family homes, low-rise multi-family (one to three stories), or mid-rise multi-family (four to six stories); includes Homes and Multifamily Lowrise and Multifamily Midrise. Learn more.

LEED v4 Homes rating system PDF / LEED v4 Homes scorecard / Reference guide overview


Learn more about LEED rating systems

LEED works for groups of multiple buildings

LEED offers several options designed for companies and organizations seeking certification for multiple buildings.

Volume certification

Designed for LEED users looking to certify an entire portfolio of building projects. Streamlines the process by focusing on similarities in design, operations & delivery.

LEED campus & multiple building

Available for several buildings on a single site. Offers options to help project owners determine the best ways to reach their goals.

Federal agencies

GBCI offers options for government projects to meet the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance in Sustainable Building requirements.

Achieve better buildings with LEED

Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories, including energy use and air quality. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

 
2.2 million

Certified

40-49 points earned

flexible

Silver

50-59 points earned

sustainable

Gold

60-79 points earned

valuable

Platinum

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:

 

Select a rating system for your project, and learn basic program requirements

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.

Review our series of LEED certification guides

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.

Decide which credits your project should pursue

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+).

Equip your project with the right tools

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:

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LEED fees & deadlines

Fees

There's a flat registration fee and a certification fee, which is based on a project's size and the rating system the project was registered under. Registration fees are due at a project's registration; certification fees are due when an application is submitted for review. View detailed fee tables.

Deadlines

At any given point, LEED rating systems are either open for registration and certification; closed for registration, but open for certification; or closed for registration and certification (sunset). View the deadlines table.

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