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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most influential and successful voluntary green building rating system ever created. It has spurred the development of billions of square feet of all types of real estate. USGBC MA is here to help you understand more about LEED - we want your help in making more buildings LEED certified, to increase the green buildings in Massachusetts!
Read more about LEED's benefits to the public sector
Established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000, the LEED green building program provides a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Over the past ten years, LEED has rapidly expanded into a global system representing new and existing buildings, neighborhoods and homes with a combined force of over 9.8 billion square feet (836 million square meters) in 135 countries.
For LEED to continue to drive market transformation it must constantly evolve along with the building industry and the needs of the marketplace. LEED follows a continuous improvement cycle to drive innovation and expand its reach across market sectors and geographic boundaries.
As the built environment improves, the technical rigor of LEED must be raised. Further, a common global language for green building can be established to improve and evolve the certification process for our stakeholders. The newest update to the LEED rating system, LEED v4, is a vital step in this evolution. As always, this evolution involves a balancing of technical, market and implementation factors; USGBC and volunteers serving on LEED committees listened to numerous stakeholders in trying to find the best balance.
Read more about LEED V4 on the USGBC website
Download the LEED V4 presentation (pdf format)
If you have questions about a LEED project you are involved in, please direct your enquiry to the US Green Building Council, based in Washington DC. The Massachusetts Chapter does not handle project certifications or hold onto data related to projects (other than profiles of projects we link to). The national office is the place to go to resolve LEED project concerns. They can be reached at 1-800-795-1747. Thank you for your interest!