LEED-NC: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction

Authored by: Stephen A. Roosa

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) Green Building Rating System is a set of rating systems for various types of construction projects. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the rating systems evolved with the intent of helping to “fulfill the building industry’s vision for its own transformation to green building.” The rating systems developed by the USGBC are for new construction, existing buildings, core and shell construction, commercial interiors, homes, and residences. This entry considers one of these systems, LEED-NC. It discuses the influences that shaped development of LEED-NC for new construction and major renovations, details how the process works, and considers how new projects are scored. The entry concludes by providing a brief assessment of the program’s strengths and weaknesses.

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