LEED the way to a certified building

August 9, 2017

If you are at all interested in modern architecture, you might be aware of LEED-certified buildings. Maybe you’ve heard LEED mentioned, but have been too embarrassed to ask what it is? Let’s sort out what LEED means, once and for all. 

LEED-certified buildings

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a world-leading standard for the verification of green buildings. Did you know that around 1.85 million square feet are LEED-certified every day, all over the world? LEED is the most widely used third-party verification for environmentally-friendly buildings and is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated.

Sustainable architecture


All kinds of buildings can be LEED-certified, from your own home to major corporate headquarters. The idea is to earn sustainability points in the design. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels. 

But earning points is not the most important part – LEED is all about building a more sustainable society. LEED-certified buildings are resource-efficient, use less water and energy and reduce CO2 emissions. Hopefully, as an added bonus, they save money. 

 

Download the LEED & BREEAM comparison