What is LEED?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building rating system established in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council that provides third party verification for new and existing structures. It is a point based system where projects earn LEED points for satisfying specific green building criteria. Within each of the nine LEED credit categories, projects must satisfy particular prerequisites and earn points. The number of points the project earns then determines the level of LEED Certification the project receives: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Learn more.
Not only are LEED-certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs, increase asset value, reduce waste, conserve energy and water, provide healthier occupant environments, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives, but LEED is just good for business.
Can products be certified under LEED?
No, LEED applies only to green building projects, though individual products can contribute to points under the rating system. In attempting to meet these requirements, LEED practitioners can identify products that have desired attributes; however, some LEED criteria do require specific product data as a part of a successful submittal.
How do I register my building project for LEED Certification?
LEED certification involves five (5) primary steps.
What is a LEED Accredited Professional and how do I become one?
LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System. In 2008, administration of the Professional Accreditation program transitioned to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The Green Building Certification Institute, established with the support of the U.S. Green Building Council, handles exam development and delivery to allow for objective, balanced management of the credentialing program. Learn how you can become a LEED Accredited Professional.
What LEED credential maintenance programs does USGBC Central Texas offer?
USGBC Central Texas offers a variety of regional LEED training workshops, exam prep courses, online educational webinars and special events for credential maintenance. Learn more.
Can I host a private LEED workshop at my company?
The Chapter can provide a tailor-made workshop (including LEED Faculty trainers, course materials and catering) that specifically targets your organizations’ LEED training needs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
How can I become involved with USGBC Central Texas – Balcones Chapter?
There are numerous ways you can become involved with the Chapter. First and foremost, individuals can become Chapter members, where they earn member benefits from event discounts to a free six-week online LEED GA exam prep course. Individuals can also volunteer on any of our volunteer committees, or students can intern with the Chapter. Lastly, individuals and/or companies can become partners of the Chapter. There are various tax-deductible partnerships available, from annual Chapter partnership to event partnership to in-kind partnership.