LEED Zero

LEED Zero

LEED Zero

What happens when the built environment goes beyond lessening its impact on the environment? For more than two decades, LEED has provided a framework for high performance buildings and spaces, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions through strategies impacting land, energy, transportation, water, waste and materials. Building on that work, the U.S. Green Building Council has developed LEED Zero, a complement to LEED that verifies the achievement of net zero goals and signals market leadership in the built environment.

  • LEED Zero Carbon recognizes buildings or spaces operating with net zero carbon emissions from energy consumption and occupant transportation to carbon emissions avoided or offset over a period of 12 months.

  • LEED Zero Resources

    • Energy recognizes buildings or spaces that achieve a source energy use balance of zero over a period of 12 months.

    • Water recognizes buildings that achieve a potable water use balance of zero over a period of 12 months.

    • Waste recognizes buildings that achieve GBCI’s TRUE Zero Waste certification at the Platinum level.

LEED Zero represents a new level of achievement in green building that is not just attainable but is the goal of LEED certified projects around the world.

Getting Started

This program is open to all LEED projects certified under the BD+C, ID+C or O+M rating systems, or registered to pursue LEED O+M certification.

Projects pursuing LEED Zero Waste

  • Submit TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certification for GBCI review

All other projects

  • Provide 12 months of performance data required for the desired category (operations, energy or water) through LEED Online and initiate the GBCI review process once a carbon-dioxide equivalent (CO2E) balance of zero, a source energy use balance of zero, and/or a potable water use balance of zero, is achieved

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