The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus based national standard for developing high performance, sustainable buildings. Members of the US Green Building Council, representing all segments of the building industry, developed LEED and contribute to its improvement. LEED standards are currently available for new construction and major renovation projects.
LEED was created to
- establish a common standard defining a ‘green building’;
- promote integrated, whole building design practices;
- recognize environmental leadership in the building industry;
- stimulate green competition; and
- raise consumer awareness of green building benefits.
LEED provides a framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.