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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Created by the U.S Green Building Council
March 2008
Rating system and to become certified as:
LEED AP (Accredited Professional)
LEED NC (New Construction)
LEED EX (Existing Building)
LEED CI (Community Interiors)

Sources to Obtain Certification: (Professional Publications, Inc.)

Hawaii Chapter
The state chapter of the U.S Green Building Council, formed in January, already has more than 100 members and is growing almost as fast as the green building movement.
The local chapter already has conducted educational workshops to provide better understanding of gaining certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system and to become certified as LEED Accredited Professionals. Members of the chapter range from architects to contractors to engineers to developers and realtors.
The LEED rating system is a voluntary standard that defines high-performance green buildings that prevent pollution, reduce energy use, and take advantage of natural light, air ventilation and recycled materials.
Projects must meet certain prerequisites and performance credits to gain LEED certification, which can be silver, gold or platinum depending on the number of credits a project achieves.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Our more than 10,000 member organizations and our network of 75 regional chapters are united to advance our mission of transforming the building industry to sustainability. Hawaii is home to an active USGBC chapter.

What is LEED
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. It promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.


LEED provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle. Specific LEED programs include:
• New Commercial Construction and Major Renovation projects
• Existing Building Operations and Maintenance
• Commercial Interiors projects
• Core and Shell Development projects
• Homes
• Neighborhood Development
• Guidelines for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects
• LEED for Schools
• LEED for Retail

LEED for Existing Buildings
LEED for Existing Buildings maximizes operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts. It provides a recognized, performance-based benchmark for building owners and operators to measure operations, improvements and maintenance on a consistent scale. LEED for Existing Buildings is a road map for delivering economically profitable, environmentally responsible, healthy, productive places to live and work.

The LEED Rating System for Existing Buildings addresses:
• Energy efficiency
• Water efficiency
• Whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues including chemical use
• Recycling programs and facilities
• Exterior maintenance programs
• Indoor air quality