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What is a LEED Interpretation?


LEED Interpretations are official answers to formal technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help project teams understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are:

  • Precedent-setting: LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged.
  • Published online: LEED Interpretations will be published in a searchable database found here:
  • Subject to consensus-based review: LEED Interpretations undergo review by USGBC member-selected volunteer LEED committees.
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