LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Leed is an internationally recognized green building certification system. They provide third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most:
- Energy savings
- Water efficiency
- CO2 emissions reduction
- Improved indoor environmental quality
- Stewardship of resources
- Sensitivity to their impacts
U.S. Green Building Council or USGBC developed LEED, they provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED has a point system to score green building design and construction, it is categorized in the following five areas:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality