Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design is a globally recognized symbol in green building.
- Embodies a Triple Bottom Line Approach: “People, Plant, Profit”; The social (people), environment (plant), and economic (profit).
- Certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and overall healthier environments for the places we live, work, learn, and worship.
Let’s take a closer look at the LEED v4 rating systems strategies & credits, references guides and standards & references.
The LEED v4 Rating System is divided into 5 categories, accounting for a total of 21 market sector adaptations, spanning 145 countries:
- LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C)
- LEED for Homes (LEED Homes)
- LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C)
- LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M)
- LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND)
(During rating system selection, utilize the square footage ’40/60 Rule’, (<40% – Do not select) (>60% – Select ), (40% – 60% – Project teams choice)
Application Strategies (Credits):
- Location and Transportation (LT); (Ex. Quality Transit, Sensitive Land Protection)
- Sustainable Sites (SS); (Ex. Rainwater management – Light pollution reduction)
- Water Efficiency (WE); (Ex. Building-Level Water Metering)
- Energy and Atmosphere (EA); (Ex. Building-Level Energy Metering – Refrigerant Management – Demand Response – Renewable Energy Production)
- Materials and Resources (MR); – (Ex. Recycling – Construction Waste Management)
- Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ); – (Ex. Thermal Comfort – Air Quality – Lighting)
- Innovation (IN); – (Ex. Exemplary Performance – Community Garden)
- Regional Priority (RP);
Standards & References
- ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016 — Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings
- “https://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed.” U.S Green Building Council , 17 Oct. 2017. Accessed 31 Oct. 2017.