Value of LEED
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
Millions of people are living, working and learning in LEED-certified buildings around the world. Here's why.
Economic benefits: Save money with LEED
Gain a competitive edge
61% of corporate leaders believe that sustainability leads to market differentiation and improved financial performance.
LEED-certified buildings command the highest rents, while lease-up rates typically range from average to 20% above average; vacancy rates for green buildings are an estimated 4% lower than non-green properties.
LEED is the world leading green building project and performance management system. It delivers a comprehensive framework for green building design, construction, operations and performance.
Meet ESG goals
LEED helps investors meet their ESG goals by providing investors with the robust and globally recognized green building framework to measure and manage their real estate performance. LEED helps investors implement management practices to prioritize building efficiency, decrease operational costs, increase asset value and ensure productivity, comfort, health and wellbeing for occupants.
in energy savings*
in water savings*
in maintenance savings*
in waste savings*
*Estimate from LEED-certified buildings from 2015-2018
Health benefits: Stay healthy with LEED
Happier employees, happier occupants
Employers in LEED-certified spaces report higher recruitment and retention rates, and increased employee productivity.
Bringing in the good and keeping out the bad
LEED creates healthier spaces with cleaner air, access to daylight, and free from harmful chemicals found in paints and finishings.
Indoor environmental quality
Improving indoor air quality can reduce absenteeism and work hours affected by asthma, respiratory allergies, depression and stress, and leads to and self-reported improvements in productivity.
Energy-efficient buildings help reduce pollution and improve outdoor air quality in major industrialized areas, making LEED a critical tool in reducing smog.
Environmental benefits: Help the environment and reduce carbon with LEED
A 2014 UC Berkeley study found that by building to LEED standards, buildings contributed 50% fewer GHGs than conventionally constructed buildings due to water consumption, 48% fewer GHGs due to solid waste and 5% fewer GHGs due to transportation.
Reduced energy use and carbon emissions
lower CO2 emissions*
less energy consumed*
less water consumed*
tons of waste diverted from landfills*
average ENERGY STAR score for LEED projects
less energy on average used by LEED buildings compared to commercial buildings
tons of coal equivalent saved each year
tons of avoided CO2 emissions
*Re‐Assessing Green Building Performance: A Post Occupancy Evaluation of 22 GSA Buildings. Kim M. Fowler. Emily M. Rauch. Jordan W. Henderson.
Expected water savings from LEED commercial buildings is more than 7% of all non-residential water use.
By 2030, LEED projects will have diverted more than 540 million tons of waste from landfills.
Fewer cars, fewer miles driven
Nearly 4 billion vehicle miles traveled have been avoided by occupants of LEED buildings, thanks to efficient locations and alternative transportation options.
Certified projects are estimated to have specified more than $100 billion in green materials, cumulatively.
Implement sustainable strategies
LEED can help both new and existing buildings to implement sustainable and greener strategies to become high performing buildings.