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Green Building Standards

U.S. Green Building Council logo  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)

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 to transform the building market

The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (external) offers this rating system, which certifies projects as LEED Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum based on the number of points achieved. LEED rating systems are available for new construction, existing buildings, homes, schools, healthcare facilities, tenant improvements, and neighborhood developments.

For More Resources or Information

To join USGBC, visit the USGBC Web site (external) or call 202-82-USGBC.

For information on Seattle-area meetings and seminars sponsored by the Cascadia Region of the USGBC, contact Nathan Miller at seattle@cascadiagbc.org. For information on programs and membership visit the Cascadia Region Web site (external).

Getting Certified in King County

The first step to achieving LEED Certification is to register your project with USGBC. Registration is an important step that establishes contact with USGBC and provides access to essential information and software tools. Registering during the early phases of project design will ensure the maximum potential for achieving certification.

Upon registration, project representatives receive an orientation letter and access to resources that explain and facilitate the formal LEED application process. To register your project with USGBC or obtain additional information on the LEED certification process (external link), visit the USGBC web site (external).

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Updated: May. 4, 2010


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