LEED certified? What is it? LEED is short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
LEED certification is an independent Green certification managed by the US Green Building Council. It certifies that a building meets specific standards in green materials and construction.
Quoting from the USGBC site: "LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building 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."
LEED certification touches all parts of construction: Not just the physical building. It also has certifications for neighborhoods.
In addition, there are specific LEED certifications for schools, retail outlets, commercial buildings and healthcare facilities. They even separate certifications for new construction and existing construction projects.
And then there is a specific LEED certification for new residential homes and existing residential homes. This latter part is what I am interested in.
Part 2 will cover what a LEED certification consists of.
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