According to the US Green Building Council, attaining LEED Building Certification does the following:
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. Sustainable building strategies are considered early in the development cycle. An integrated project team includes the major stakeholders of the project such as the developer/owner, architect, engineer, landscape architect, contractor, and asset and property management staff. Implementing an integrated, systems- oriented approach to green project design, development and operations yield synergies and improve the overall performance of a building. Initial LEED assessment brings the project team together to evaluate and articulate the project's goals and the certification level sought.
There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning LEED certification.
LEED-certified buildings are designed to: