LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" and it is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) that provides
third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and
homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way
built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and
flexible, LEED addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.
Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership,
innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED provides
building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately impact their
building's performance and bottom line, while providing healthy indoor spaces
for a building's occupants.
LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries.
International projects, those outside the United States, make up more than 50%
of the total LEED registered square footage. LEED unites us in a single global
community and provides regional solutions, while recognizing local realities.
LEED-certified buildings are designed to: