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How to Build Green »

LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market¬-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. LEED is used for a variety of building types and is a tool for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. The most recognized and widely used green building program across the globe, LEED certifies over 148,000 square meters of building space each day in 147 countries and territories. Today, nearly 50,000 projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 800 million square meters of construction space.

How to certify your building project »

Here’s how to certify:

  1. Determine which rating system you will use and prepare your certification application. Applications differ depending on your building type and the LEED credits you decide to pursue.
  2. Register your project.
  3. Once your project is at or near completion, submit your certification application.
  4. Await the application review. Review processes differ slightly for each building type.
  5. Receive the certification decision, which you can either accept or appeal. An affirmative decision signifies that your building is now LEED certified.

Commercial LEED projects must satisfy all LEED prerequisites and earn a minimum 40 points on a 110-point LEED rating system scale. Homes must earn a minimum of 45 points on a 136-point scale.

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Green building trends »

Green building and sustainable operations have become increasingly commonplace in the global market with the largest areas for growth in new commercial construction and renovation of existing buildings. Many businesses are including green building in their long-term planning.

A recent study surveyed firms in 62 countries around the world found:

  • Green building has become a long-term business opportunity with 51% planning more than 60% of their work to be green by 2015
  • 72% cite energy use reduction as a top reason for green buildings construction
  • 55% cite greater health and well-being as the top social reason for green (tied with encouraging sustainable business practice)
  • 25% of study respondents note reduced water consumption as the top reason, particularly in the UAE (64%), Brazil (39%), U.S. (32%)
  • Improved indoor air quality is also more important today—17% cite it as a top reason to engage in green building

Source: Green Building Accelerates Globally through Economic Downturn, According to New McGraw-Hill Construction Study (Feb 2013)

Become a USGBC member »

USGBC members are organizations and businesses from every industry that believe in a more sustainable built environment. Learn more about membership or join.

LEED Credentials »

Earning a LEED Professional Credential signifies that you are a leader and an active participant in the field of green building increasing your opportunity for employment, job stability, and promotion. Learn more about LEED credentials »

LEED Professional Groups »

LEED professional groups are independent, self-organized volunteer coalitions committed to advancing green building in countries around the world. LEED Professional Groups are not branches, chapters or extensions of USGBC but instead work alongside us USGBC in in our mission of promoting green building.

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Education »

USGBC provides LEED and green building educational programs in a variety of formats for professionals from all sectors of the building industry. All USGBC educational offerings support the LEED professional credentials.

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About USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated in every part of the world.

USGBC is a nongovernmental, nonprofit, membership based organization dedicated to promoting a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. We are transforming the building industry through LEED, robust educational offerings, and a global network of members, supporters and professionals. And, while our name refers to the United States, we are a global organization with LEED certified green buildings and LEED credentialed professionals in 147 countries and territories.