The goal of green building is to create buildings and communities that maximize both economic and environmental performance and improve the quality of life.
In the green market, government and private builders apply standards, including energy efficiency, material selections, water use, and other environmental attributes, making green buildings a focus of sustainable products and processes that impact a wide range of industries.
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.
Providing independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest performance standards, LEED certification 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. The LEED plaque is recognized nationwide as proof that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to live and work.