The Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is an independent certification program that provides voluntary guidelines for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the program awards varying levels of certification to buildings that meet LEED rating standards in five major categories: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.LEED standards exist for new construction as well as existing buildings and remodeling, and can be applied to homes, commercial facilities and even neighborhood development. Architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and facilities managers use LEED in developing new projects. When redesigning your home or office, you can look for LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) who can implement LEED standards and help make your project a more sustainable building.
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