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LEED certification

Green building leadership is LEED

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.”

Learn more about LEED v4.1—the newest version

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

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.

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2.2 million +

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



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



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



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

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.

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

Interior Design and Construction

For complete interior fit-out projects; includes Commercial Interiors, Retail and Hospitality. Learn more about interior design and construction.

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

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.

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

Neighborhood Development

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.

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


For 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 about LEED homes.

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

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.

LEED for Cities Pilot scorecard / Guide to LEED Certification: Cities and Communities Pilot

LEED Recertification

Applies to all occupied and in-use projects that have previously achieved certification under LEED – including BD+C and ID+C, regardless of their initial rating system or version. Learn more about recertification.

Recertification guide


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.


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: 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.

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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:

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


LEED registration is $1,200 for USGBC members and $1,500 for non-members. Certification fees are 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 or learn about becoming a USGBC member


At any given point, LEED rating systems versions 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.

LEED resources

Access project tools to apply LEED strategies to your project. Tools include key supplemental material for LEED projects.

Have a question?

We're here to help. Explore our Help Center for LEED FAQs, or contact our customer service team.

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