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LEED Certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was developed in 1994 by the US Green Building Council, an association dedicated to the promotion of cost-effective and cost-efficient buildings which are pleasant to use and have a good environmental performance. LEED certification takes into account many different criteria, known as credit categories, to assess and evaluate the environmental impact of the site works, water usage, energy efficiency, use of sustainable materials and resources, environmental quality of the internal spaces, transportation, innovation, smart linkage and the quality of connections within the local neighbourhood and communities.

By satisfying the various requirements within each category the building project earns points to determine its level of certification. There are 4 levels of certification - certified, silver, gold and platinium, the latter of which requires 80+ points. Credits and prerequisites differ depending on the rating sytem, of which there are five.
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The five different rating systems for LEED certification are:
  • LEED BD+C = Building Design and Construction - for large-scale new bulid constructions or large renovation projects 
  • LEED ID+C = Interior Design and construction - for complete interior fit-out projects (landscape, maintenance and cleaning) 
  • LEED O+M = Building Operations and Maintenance - for existing buildings undergoing improvement works with little or no construction
  • LEED Homes = applies to single, low and medium rise family housing (from single storey to 4/6 storeys)
  • LEED ND = Neighbourhood Development - applies to both new land development or redevelopment projects containing residential, non-residential or mixed use for neighbourhood development. 

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