The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a building standard developed to assist building owners, designers and construction professionals to maximize green building practices, by setting certification requirements in a nationally accepted, third-party recognition system.

The system was created by the U.S. Green Building Council, and addresses the environmental performance of a building measuring several different facets, including new construction projects and plans, as well as existing buildings. The LEED checklist areas for awards of certification include site sustainability, water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process. Points are awarded in each area, and any project must reach a minimum of 26 points for the basic level of certification.

The LEED Certification Process is a three step process:

  • Step 1: Project Registration
    • LEED Letter Templates, CIR access, and on-line project listing
  • Step 2: Technical Support
    • Reference Package
    • Credit Inquiries and Rulings (CIR)
  • Step 3: Building Certification
    • Upon documentation submittal and USGBC review

As part of each project, LEED requires at least a basic level of commissioning, an independent, third party review of the plans, designs and implementation of each rated area of the LEED system. KEM is uniquely qualified to provide LEED commissioning services. This includes verification and reporting of each step and facet of the building, as a basis for certification. KEM may perform additional commissioning in order to earn a higher score and LEED certification level. This includes 5 additional steps, and reporting to be performed from the planning stage, throughout the construction process, and into the post occupancy timeframe.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a nationally recognized benchmark, creating easily adopted green building applications, with clear planning and building criteria for responsible work practices.

For more information on this system, or before starting any project, it is important to consult a trusted, experienced firm for advice. Kynoch Environmental Management (KEM) is committed to providing quality professional consulting services that offer innovative, sound and consistent solutions for today’s environmental concerns. KEM has a wide range of knowledge in LEED, including the ability to provide full Building Commissioning services for your building project.