LEED Cost Analysis Summary

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) represents the efforts of a coalition including the US Green Building Council (GBC) to establish a nationwide standard for constructing so-called “green” buildings. Obtaining LEED certification requires compliance with a minimum number of criteria affecting many aspects of a project, from site selection to the recycled content of building materials. While participation in the LEED program has been mostly voluntary, some government entities require that publicly funded projects apply for LEED certification and other states and communities are considering this.