What is LEED®?
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was created by the US Green Building Council as a voluntary system, based on quantifiable metrics of the highest standards in the world for Sustainable building. LEED® has become the most popular and recognized standard system for sustainable building. When someone tells you that a project is LEED® certified, you know that a lot of sustainable practices were applied to the process, design and construction. If a person is accredited LEED®, it shows that he / she is an expert in one or more of the different sustainable building systems.
What does LEED® mean?
Means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
What is LEED® AP?
It means LEED® Accredited Professional (acronym AP). Passing a series of complex exams, a LEED® AP has demonstrated that he or she understands the principles and concepts of the LEED® building. By becoming a LEED® AP, the person is able to manage a LEED® project from start to finish and you can also get extra points, automatically by any LEED® project, just by being part of the team.
I want to certify LEED® – Can you tell me how to get LEED® certification?
Only buildings can be certified LEED®. Professionals are LEED® accredited at two possible levels: Green Associate (GA) and Accredited Professional (AP). To become a LEED® AP, you must pass both the Green Associate (LEED®) and Accredited Professional LEED® exams are administered through your local Prometric Testing Center and the application process is handled by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Prometric is a global assessment organization that offers computer testing at thousands of locations.
I would like to certify my LEED® building – Can you tell me how to get LEED® certification?
Only buildings can be certified LEED® and materials can meet certain characteristics that make them environmentally preferable. If you are interested in learning more about this, we can put you in touch with our team of experts in the field.
How does LEED® certification work?
LEED® certification distinguishes construction projects that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability, by meeting the highest performance standards.
LEED® is a third-party submission and review process. Projects can apply for LEED® certification under a particular classification system (LEED® for the Construction of New Buildings, Core and Envelope, Homes, etc.).
Points are awarded based on several satisfactory requirements in 5 key areas:
- Sustainable Site Development
- Water Efficiency
- Power Efficiency
- Selection of Materials
- Indoor Environmental Quality
If a project earns enough points, a ranking is made (Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum) and becomes a LEED® certified project.
I would like to certify my LEED® product – Can you tell me how to obtain LEED® certification?
You can reach 4 levels, according to the sum of credit points in the 7 available families.