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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

Given by the US Green Building Council, LEED certification is a "voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings."(^6) LEED was created to:

     · define "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement

     · promote integrated, whole-building design practices

     · recognize environmental leadership in the building industry

     · stimulate green competition

     · raise consumer awareness of green building benefits

     · transform the building market

Setting a standard for what are known as "green" (environmentally friendly) buildings, LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies to enhance these five areas:

     · Energy Efficiency

     · Water Management

     · Materials and Resource Management

     · Indoor Environmental Quality

     · Site Planning

LEED is one of the most notable and recognizable standards in environmental efficiency and any building that attains its certification is said to be, environmentally at least, completely up-to-date.

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