SUSTAINABILITY WITH LEED
Better buildings equal better lives
We believe green buildings are the foundation of something bigger: helping people, and the communities and cities they reside in safely, healthily and sustainably thrive. The heart of our green building community’s efforts must go well beyond construction and efficiency, and the materials that make up our buildings. We must dig deeper and focus on what matters most within those buildings: human beings.
Every single human being on the planet should have safe and healthy places to live, work, learn and play. Leading long and healthy lives is not a privilege it’s a right for everyone. Shouldn’t the places where we spend 90% of our time support our health and wellbeing? Improved health and productivity benefits are playing a larger role than ever before in driving companies to invest in green building.
A LEED for every project:
LEED is for all building types and all building phases including new construction, interior fit outs, operations and maintenance and core and shell. Unsure of which rating system to use? Check out our interactive Discover LEED tool to get started; then, use the rating system selection guidance to make a final decision.
LEED for Building Design and Construction
LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) provides a framework for building a holistic green building, giving you the chance to nail down every sustainability feature, maximizing the benefits.
LEED works for all project types from hospitals to manufacturing plants, showrooms and office buildings. LEED BD+C has options to fit every project. Use a specialty option for unique needs or use New Construction and Major Renovations for everything else.
New Construction and Major Renovation. Addresses design and construction activities for both new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings that do not primarily serve the uses below. (Teams using LEED v4 may also use this option for multifamily residential projects that have nine or more stories).
LEED for Interior Design and Construction
LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) enables project teams, who may not have control over whole building operations, the opportunity to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people.
LEED for Operations and Maintenance
LEED for Operations and Maintenance (O+M) offers existing buildings an opportunity to pay close attention to building operations, by supporting whole buildings and interior spaces that have been fully operational and occupied for at least one year. The project may be undergoing improvement work or little to no construction.
By focusing on both performance oriented sustainable strategies and outcomes, LEED helps build high performing buildings. Consider that it can take up to 80 years to make up for the impacts of demolishing an existing building and constructing a new one, even if the resulting building is extremely energy efficient. However, many older buildings around the world are inefficient and resource-depleting, but with keen attention to building operations that can be turned around by using LEED O+M.
LEED works for all project types from office spaces and restaurants to data centers and schools. LEED O+M has options to fit every project.
LEED for Residential Design and Construction
A home is more than just shelter: homes are the most important places in our lives. LEED certified green homes use less energy and fewer resources and are healthier for you and your family.
Impact for renters, owners and the environment
LEED helps create living spaces where people can thrive. LEED-certified homes are designed to provide clean indoor air and ample natural light and to use safe building materials to ensure our comfort and good health. They help us reduce our energy and water consumption, thereby lowering utility bills each month, among other financial benefits. Using the strategies outlined in LEED, homeowners are having a net-positive impact on their communities.
LEED homes are also designed, constructed and operated to be resilient in adverse conditions and are developed with proactive design planning for potential impacts of catastrophic weather.