Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact on human health and the natural environment by using resources efficiently, protecting occupant health and improving productivity, and reducing waste, pollution and degradation of the environment.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, is transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated. LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies. Through third-party verification, building projects earn point to achieve different levels of LEED certification based on prerequisites and credits.
Green/LEED construction saves money by lowering operating costs and increasing asset value, conserves energy and reduces consumption of water and other resources, improves indoor air quality and increases the health and safety of occupants.