Glossary of Terms
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program that helps building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and resourceful. Using a rating system for design, construction, operation, and maintenance, construction professionals, engineers, and building owners lean on the LEED framework to ensure buildings, homes, and facilities are developed and maintained with safety, health, efficiency, and cost-savings in mind. Metrics like energy savings, water efficiency, and CO2 emissions are just a few of the sustainability areas taken into consideration during the LEED certification process. Using a point-based system, the more points accumulated by the building, the higher the level of certification. The LEED program, developed by USGBC, is internationally recognized.