LEED certification provides independent, third-party
verification that a building project meets the highest green building and
performance measures. All certified projects receive a LEED plaque, which is the
nationally recognized symbol demonstrating that a building is
environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.
There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning LEED
- Lower operating costs and increased asset value.
- Reduce waste sent to landfills.
- Conserve energy and water.
- Healthier and safer for occupants.
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
- Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in
hundreds of cities.
- Demonstrate an owner's commitment to environmental stewardship and social
Commercial buildings as defined by standard building codes are eligible for
certification under the LEED for New Construction, LEED for Existing Buildings,
LEED for Commercial Interiors, LEED for Retail, LEED for Schools and LEED for
Core & Shell rating systems. Building types include – but are not limited to
– offices, retail and service establishments, institutional buildings (e.g.,
libraries, schools, museums and religious institutions), hotels and residential
buildings of four or more habitable stories.
If you are unsure whether your building project is a candidate for LEED
certification, review the LEED Rating System Checklist that applies to your
project to tally a potential point total. Your project is a viable candidate for
certification if it meets all prerequisites and can achieve the minimum number
of points necessary to earn the Certified level.
Visit the LEED Rating
System section to find the Rating System Checklist applicable to your
- Learn about the registration process and register your project for
- Learn about the LEED certification process and using LEED-Online.
- LEED information, resources, and support. Project team members can
upload credit templates, view and submit Credit Interpretation Requests,
manage key project details, and view and respond to reviewer comments.
- Learn about USGBC’s Portfolio Program, which supports building owners
working to earn LEED certification by providing a cost-effective, streamlined
- Project applicants seeking technical and administrative guidance on how
LEED credits apply to their projects can find guidelines, search
existing credit interpretation rulings or submit a new credit interpretation
- Search for LEED-certified and registered projects in your area.
Manufacturer and Service Provider Resources
- Product manufacturers and service providers are vital to advancing USGBC's
mission of market transformation.