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What is LEED®?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED is the instrument building owners and operators need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance. LEED promotes a whole-building, integrative approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
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What is LEED® Certification?
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. Certified projects receive a LEED plaque, which is the nationally recognized symbol demonstrating that a building is environmentally responsible and a healthy place to live and work. There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning LEED certification.
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“Even as LEED is in itself an innovation, it has and will continue to serve as a gateway to further advances in the movement to create healthier, high-performing buildings and vibrant, resilient communities,”
Rick Fedrizzi,USGBC President and CEO
LEED® BY THE NUMBERS:
- $227 million – energy cost savings by Bank of America across their LEED facilities since 2004
- 1.2 million – megawatt hours of annual energy use saved in Bank of America LEED facilities
- $350,000 – annual savings in utility expenses for LEED Platinum Chanin Building in Washington, DC
- 450 – LEED projects that experienced an energy use intensity one-third lower than the national average
- 404 – LEED projects with an Energy Star score of 85, above “Top Performer” level
- 1,875 – LEED for New Construction-certified projects
- 1,302 – LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance-certified projects
- 2,048 – LEED for Commercial Interiors-certified projects
- 341 – LEED for Core and Shell-certified projects
- 80 million – tons of waste LEED construction projects have diverted from landfills
- 57% – amount of non-construction waste diverted from landfills by LEED buildings
- 34% – fewer greenhouse gases emitted by LEED Gold buildings in General Services Administration’s portfolio, compared to average commercial building
LEED’s impact on corporate America
- 21 million – estimated number of employees who will be working in LEED buildings by 2030
- 2.5 million – number of employees who currently work in LEED buildings
- 58% – Amount of green buildings in business portfolios of corporate America
- 30% – percentage of firms that built green in 2012 to lower operating costs
- 20 to 1 – return on investment Adobe Systems gained from its headquarters LEED project
LEED® Certified Buildings
- Lower operating costs and increase asset value
- Reduce waste sent to landfills
- Conserve energy and water
- Healthier and safer for occupants
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
- Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities
- Demonstrate an owner's commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.