Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Since its inception in 1993, the U.S. Green Building Council has grown to encompass more than 17,000 projects in the United States and 30 Countries, covering over 1.501 billion square feet of development area.

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) was established by the GBC to provide a series of exams to allow individuals to become accredited for their knowledge of the LEED rating system. The GBCI also provides third-party certification for projects pursuing LEED.

Here are a few links to visit for more LEED information: