LEED

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LEED is a voluntary program meant to objectively measure how sustainable a building is.

The LEED standards are maintained by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit, non-governmental, membership-based organization. While participation in LEED is voluntary, the program owes some of its growth to municipal and state ordinances that have mandated it for public buildings and have offered incentives for private buildings.

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  • Upgrade to LEED 2009?

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    Projects currently registered under LEED-NC 2.2 can transfer to LEED 2009 before certifying. Should your project switch?

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