standards were developed and promulgated by the United States
Green Building Council (USGBC), and published in late-2000.
The LEED Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary,
consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance,
sustainable buildings. Members of the USGBC representing all
segments of the building industry developed LEED and continue
to contribute to its evolution.
LEED was created to:
- define "green building"
by establishing a common standard of measurement
- promote integrated, whole-building
- recognize environmental leadership
in the building industry
- stimulate green competition
- raise consumer awareness of green
- transform the building market
provides a complete framework for assessing building performance
and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific
standards, LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for
sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency,
materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED
recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building
through a comprehensive system offering project certification,
professional accreditation, training and practical resources.
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