The LEED certification is traditionally a globally recognised certification and symbol of sustainable design developed by the US Green Building Council. LEED certified buildings go through third party verification across the metrics: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources.
There are 8 LEED certification categories depending on the type of development, with 4 levels of
certification – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified.
Building Design and Construction
|New Construction, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centres, Warehouses & Distribution Centres, and Healthcare|
Interior Design and Construction
|For complete interior fit-out projects; includes Commercial Interiors, Retail and Hospitality|
Building Operations and Maintenance
|For existing buildings that are undergoing improvement work or little to no construction; includes Existing Buildings, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centres and Warehouses & Distribution Centres|
|ND Neighbourhood Development||For new land development projects or redevelopment projects containing residential uses, non-residential uses, or a mix. Projects can be at any stage of the development process, from conceptual planning to construction; includes Plan and Built Project|
|Homes||For single family homes, low-rise multi-family (one to three stories) or mid-rise multi-family (four to six stories); includes Homes and Multifamily Low-rise and Multifamily Midrise.|
|Cities and Communities||For entire cities and sub-sections of a city. Using the Arc performance platform, LEED for Cities projects can measure and manage their city’s water consumption, energy use, waste, transportation and human experience|
|LEED Recertification||Applies to all occupied and in-use projects that have previously achieved certification under LEED – including BD+C and ID+C, regardless of their initial rating system or version.|
|LEED Zero||Available for all LEED projects certified under the BD+C or O+M rating systems or registered to pursue LEED O+M certification. LEED Zero is for projects with net zero goals in carbon
A LEED certified building may be the most recognised green building certification globally, however, you may want to consider factors such as project goals as well as location and climate when making the decision of which certification would be best for your development.
But that’s not to say you should only narrow yourself down to one certification. There are plenty of organizations and developments which choose to go for double certifications. Check some examples here.
Here are other green building certifications that you may want to consider:
Other recognised certifications which centres around advancing health and wellbeing in indoor spaces include:
Leading certification that assesses the development’s environmental contribution to the health and
wellness of the occupants developed by the International WELL Building Institute, United States. WELL’s flexible framework is designed to improve health and human experience through design.
World’s first sensor based, and performance-based building standard and certification programme focused on the indoor air-quality and long-term occupant health. Data to be live streamed to the cloud via multi-parameter monitors that can be accessed from any device.