Focuses on materials to get a better understanding of what’s in them and the effect those components have on human health and the environment
Uses a stronger, performance-based approach to indoor environmental quality for better occupant comfort
Brings the benefits of smart grid thinking to the forefront with a credit that rewards projects for participating in demand response programs
Provides a clearer picture of water efficiency by evaluating total building water use
A LEED for every project
LEED works for all buildings anywhere, regardless of where they are in their life cycle. From hospitals to data centers, from historical buildings to those still in the design phase, there’s a LEED for every type of building project.
Building Design and Construction
Applies to buildings that are being newly constructed or going through a major renovation; includes New Construction, Core Shell, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, Warehouses Distribution Centers, and Healthcare. Learn more.
Interior Design and Construction
Applies to projects that are a complete interior fit-out; includes Commercial Interiors, Retail and Hospitality. Learn more.
Building Operations and Maintenance
Applies to existing buildings that are undergoing improvement work or little to no construction; includes Existing Buildings, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, and Warehouses Distribution Centers. Learn more.
Applies to new land development projects or redevelopment projects containing residential uses, nonresidential uses, or a mix. Projects can be at any stage of the development process, from conceptual planning to construction; includes Plan and Built Project. Learn more.
Applies to single family homes, low-rise multi-family (one to three stories), or mid-rise multi-family (four to six stories); includes Homes and Multifamily Lowrise and Multifamily Midrise. Learn more.
LEED works for groups of multiple buildings
LEED offers several options designed for companies and organizations seeking certification for multiple buildings.
Designed for LEED users looking to certify an entire portfolio of building projects. Streamlines the process by focusing on similarities in design, operations delivery.
LEED campus multiple building
Available for several buildings on a single site. Offers options to help project owners determine the best ways to reach their goals.
GBCI offers options for government projects to meet the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance in Sustainable Building requirements.
Achieve better buildings with LEED
Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories, including energy use and air quality. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
40-49 points earned
50-59 points earned
60-79 points earned
80+ points earned
The process is designed to inspire project teams to seek innovative solutions that support public health and our environment, while saving building owners money over a project’s life cycle. Here’s how to get started:
Each LEED rating system groups requirements that address the unique needs of different building and project types.
- For LEED v4: Discover LEED to determine which rating system is the best fit and then follow up by reading the Selection Guidance to make sure you’ve made the right choice.
- For LEED 2009: Use our other Selection Guidance to choose between the available LEED 2009 rating systems.
Make sure to check out the Minimum Program Requirements to know if your project is eligible for LEED certification.
We strive to make the LEED customer experience the best it can be. Our Certification Guides lead projects through the LEED process under each rating system, starting from registration to certification.
Prerequisites are the green building standards every project must meet. Credits allow project teams to customize how they pursue certification. By fulfilling credits, projects earn points that determine its certification level: Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points) and Platinum (80+).
We have developed a set of LEED Reference Guides for each rating system to help project teams understand each credit and prerequisite. We also have built a comprehensive online toolkit, which includes key supplemental material for LEED projects like addenda and sample forms.