LEED FAQ

  1. What is LEED?
  2. What are the benefits of LEED certification for my building project?
  3. What is Building Commissioning?
  4. Can I get my product or service LEED certified?
  5. How can I get my building project LEED certified and how much will it cost?

What is LEED?

The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based standard to support and certify successful green building design, construction and operations. LEED is transforming the marketplace by providing a nationally recognized certification system to promote integrated, whole-building design practices in the building industry.

What are the benefits of LEED certification for my building project?

Aside from the environmental benefits of green building practices, and the global responsibility in sustainable buildings, a new study by CoStar Group has found that sustainable “green” buildings outperform their peer non-green assets in key areas such as occupancy, sale price and rental rates, sometimes by wide margins. 



The results indicate a broader demand by property investors and tenants for buildings that have earned either LEED certification and strengthen the “business case” for green buildings, which proponents have increasingly cast as financially sound investments.



According to the study, LEED buildings command rent premiums of $11.24 per square foot over their non-LEED peers and have 3.8 percent higher occupancy.

And, in a trend that could signal greater attention from institutional investors, Energy Star buildings are selling for an average of $61 per square foot more than their peers, while LEED buildings command a remarkable $171 more per square foot. 


What is Building Commissioning?

Building Commissioning is a third-party review process done at two levels: Fundamental Commissioning and Enhanced Commissioning, intended to deliver building systems that work as designed, setting the stage for ongoing, sustained operational success of these systems. The USGBC requires commissioning as part of the certification process, including a review of the all building documentation and planning, to assure LEED requirements are met. Enhanced Commission includes additional review and verification of practices throughout the construction process.

Can I get my product or service LEED certified?

USGBC does not certify, endorse or promote products, services or companies, nor do we track, list or report data related to products and their environmental qualities. LEED is a certification system that deals with the environmental performance of buildings based on overall characteristics of the project. We do not award credits based on the use of particular products but rather upon meeting the performance standards set forth in our rating systems. It is up to project teams to determine which products are most appropriate for credit achievement and program requirements.

How can I get my building project LEED certified and how much will it cost?

Project teams should first register with USGBC; this serves as a declaration of intent to have a project LEED Certified. The most successful LEED project teams report an integrated design process, with LEED in mind from the project’s inception. Additionally, LEED project teams will need to provide documentation from various stages in the project’s design and or construction. USGBC encourages project teams to register as early as possible.