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More Green Buildings via LEED Certification

Energy, water and raw materials that are utilized for the construction of buildings, including renovation, repurposing, and demolition, creates waste and emit toxic atmospheric emissions.(1) Thus, arose the need to establish standards (a set of guidelines/criteria where a product can be arbitrated to), certifications, sustainable building designs, and rating systems to alleviate the negative impactof buildings on the natural environment.(1) The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), provides a structure to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.(2) Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points for various categories, including:

Location & Transportation(2)

Sustainable Sites(2)

Water Efficiency(2)

Energy & Atmosphere(2)

Materials & Resources(2)

Indoor Environmental Quality(2)

Based on the number of points achieved, a project then earns one of four LEED rating levels:

-Certified (40-49 points earned)

-Silver (50-59 points earned)

-Gold (60-79 points earned)

-Platinum (80+ points earned)

This process is aimed to encourage project teams to seek innovative resolutions that supports public health and our environment.The following three fundamental elements can help you attain LEED certification for your project. (2)

LEED Prerequisites - Prerequisites set the minimum requirements that all buildings need to meet in order to achieve LEED certification.(2) Fulfilling the requirements of prerequisites will not earn points.(2)

LEEDCredits - You can attain any credit you within your chosen rating system, as long as it applies to your project type.(2) Certain credits have certain prerequisites which is called an integrated process.(2) LEED Credits earn you points.

LEEDPoints- The more points one accrues, the higher the reward ranging from healthier spaces to buildings that save money and resources.(2) The number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification it receives.(2)


  1. LEED green building certification. (n.d.). Retrieved from

  2. Green Building Standards and Certification Systems. (2016, September 12). Retrieved from

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