Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Increasing numbers of owners, architects, engineers and contractors are becoming more concerned about a building's environmental responsibility, profitability and the health of its occupants, which is leading to more sustainable designs and construction.1
The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED was developed by members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a coalition of more than 2,000 owners, developers, designers, contractors, product manufacturers and other interested entities.
The USGBC developed the standard definition for high-performance, green buildings and offers third-party validation that structures meet the standard. The council aims to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.
LEED provides a comprehensive system including project certification, professional accreditation, and training resources for evaluating building performance and meeting sustainability goals.
The LEED Mission
- To define "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement
- To promote integrated, whole-building design practices
- To recognize environmental leadership in the building industry
- To stimulate green competition
- To raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
- To transform the building market
LEED Certification recognizes building projects that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. Certification ratings focus on six areas: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design.
For more information on the application process, please visit https://www.usgbc.org/LEED/Project/certprocess.asp.
Certified Projects in the area
|Social Security Administration Child Care Center||U.S. General Services Administration||Baltimore||MD||US||Certified|
|Social Security Administration Annex Building Renovation||U.S. General Services Administration||Baltimore||MD||US||Certified|
|Blair Towns||Blair-Towers LLC||Silver Spring||MD||US||Certified|
|Pentagon Metro Entrance Facility||Pentagon Renovation Office||Arlington||VA||US||Certified|
|John M. Langston High School Continuation & Langston-Brown Community Center||Arlington Public Schools, Arlington County||Arlington||VA||US||Silver|
|Phillip Merrill Environmental Center||Chesapeake Bay Foundation||Annapolis||MD||US||Platinum|
Source & Useful Sources:
US Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, http://www.usgbc.org/LEED
National Capital Region Chapter of the US Green Building Council
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council