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1998: Creation of LEED

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Innovation: LEED
Location: United States
Year: 1998
By: U.S. Green Building Council headed by Robert K. Watson

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, USGBC. It is the sustainability rating system developed in the United States, assessing the operation, design, and construction of buildings. It is intended to provide a concise list of ways to implement and measure green buildings. Nine rating systems exist today. Ratings are based off 110 point distribution across five credit categories. These categories include sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design, and regional priority. If a building receives 40-49 points it is rated as ‘Certified’, 50-59 points is ‘Silver’, 60-79 points is ‘Gold’, and any building receiving more than 80 points is Platinum LEED certified. This has caused a push in sustainable building and design as well as a successful guideline for designers, operators, and constructors of buildings on how to make green buildings.  This process has been used in over 7,000 projects in the United States alone and projects can be found in more than 130 countries. It has been estimated that 50,000 commercial projects are participating in the LEED green building program with over 2 million square feet of commercial building space being certified every day. [1] [2]  `

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Written by Megan Shammo

October 4, 1998 at 7:52 pm

Posted in Sustainability

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