What is LEED Construction?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is a symbol of excellence in “green” building that’s recognized worldwide. LEED certification aims to bring about electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions, and healthier environments within homes, the workplace, institutions of education, places of worship, and other public facilities.
A point system across nine measurements for building excellence, from integrative process to indoor environmental quality, determines LEED certification.
In order for a building to qualify for LEED certification, it must fulfill required elements, or green-building strategies. A project can also incorporate optional elements or strategies, known as “credits,” to gain LEED status. LEED credits are developed through several rounds of public comments, and in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) board, membership, and staff. Credits adapt as new technologies become widely available. These credits are conferred by third-party technical reviewers with expertise to review and verify building quality and integrity. The credits are applicable to all building types throughout the life cycle of the structure.
Based on the number of credits gained, a project can earn one of four LEED ratings: LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, or LEED Platinum. The rating system is applicable to all buildings at all phases of development and is intended to challenge project teams, and to inspire unconventional solutions. Green Building Certification, Inc. (GBCI) provides third-party techs the training and expertise needed to review and verify building quality and integrity.
LEED has become a driving force behind international green building practices. In 2016, more than 82,000 projects participated in LEED across 162 countries and territories around the globe. During that year, 1.85 million square feet of construction space was certified on a daily basis, and the USGBC estimated that close to 5 million people experienced a LEED building daily.
As of 2016, LEED projects were responsible for diverting over 80 million tons of waste from landfills. A 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study released by the USGBC estimated that by 2018 the total impact of green construction will reach more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs and $190.3 billion in labor earnings, with LEED projects responsible for contributing to 1.1 million green construction jobs.
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