LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.
LEED is flexible enough to apply to all project types.
Each rating system groups requirements that address the unique needs of building and project types on their path towards LEED certification. Once a project team chooses a rating system, they’ll use the appropriate credits to guide design and operational decisions.
There are five rating systems that address multiple project types:
Building Design and Construction
Interior Design and Construction
Building Operations and Maintenance
LEED can apply to people, too
With new jobs specifying the need for expertise in LEED, you can earn a LEED professional credential to demonstrate your leadership in the field and in-depth knowledge of the LEED rating system and green building strategies.