LEED is an international green building certification system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): a non-profit organization with a mission to transform the building environment. It’s one of the few standardized measures of energy efficiency. Both commercial and residential buildings can obtain LEED Certification. The process takes into account strategies used throughout the building process: from the first designs to maintenance and repair.
Essentially, it’s a points system. Depending on the type of building, i.e., school, retail, home, healthcare, etc., a project must earn a certain number of minimum points for certification. To give you an example, I’ll go through the process of gaining LEED certification for a home.