Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building (or community!) is designed and built using strategies to improve energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources. It's a great way to say, "We're green!"
And the green is growing. Since its inception in 1998, the U.S. Green Building council (USGBC) has grown to encompass more than 14,000 projects in the United States and 30 countries covering 1.062 billion square feet of development area! LEED is an open and transparent process where the technical criteria proposed by USGBC members are publicly reviewed for approval (by the almost 20,000 member organizations that currently constitute the USGBC).
Concerned with all aspects of the development and construction process, LEED looks to the following:
- 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
Green Building Council members, representing every sector of the building industry, continue to refine LEED. The rating systems address eight major areas:
- Location and Planning
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Innovation and Design Process
- Regional Priority
The Zone LEEDS the way!
Our emphasis on non-toxic materials and LEED Certification provides us with a unique niche, where we can model best practices, and participate in the movement toward sustainable building. Through programs and outreach, we can educate the UCSD community on the importance of the environment and health.