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What is LEED®?
LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. The first public version of LEED was released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000. LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing measurable solutions for building design, construction, operations and maintenance. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
LEED-certified buildings are designed to:
- Lower operating costs
- Conserve energy and water
- Increase the value of the building
- Reduce waste sent to landfills
- Create a healthy environment for occupants
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
- Qualify for tax rebates
What is a LEED® Credential?
A LEED® Professional credential validates* your level of competence for the most influential green building certification system in the world. There are currently three tiers of credentials available from the
Green Building Certification Institute:
LEED® Green Associate - every individual seeking a LEED credential must start with tier 1, LEED Green Associate. LEED AP + Specialty - there are five specialties from which to choose: Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Interior Design and Construction (ID+C), Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM), Homes, and Neighborhood Development (ND). The LEED Fellow designates the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and is only available via a nominations and applications process.
*The LEED Green Associate and LEED AP +Specialty credentials are ANSI accredited.
Who should become a LEED Professional?
Architects, engineers, contractors, interior designers, facility managers, product manufacturers, construction managers, builders, government agencies, superintendents, subcontractors, suppliers, building owners, real estate brokers, utilities professionals and students.
What is the GBCI?
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) is a third-party organization that provides independent oversight of professional credentialing and LEED certification for all projects registered under any LEED rating system. GBCI develops and administers the LEED Professional Credential exams, which include the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty credentials. GBCI also oversees the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) for LEED Professionals. This continuing education requirement keeps LEED professionals at the forefront of the rapidly evolving green building industry.
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