What is a LEED Certified Home or Business?

LEED Certification for Residential and Commercial Applications



LEED certified green homes and businesses use less energy, consume less natural resources and are healthier to live in. There are many advantages of getting a home or business LEED certified including savings, health and environmental impact.


LEED affirms and designs homes and businesses in a sustainable way. LEED certified homes are designed to increase air quality, decrease water consumption, decrease electricity, creating cost savings and a lower utility bill. The idea is to have less of a negative impact and more of a positive impact.


LEED homes are designed with functionality, durability and longevity in mind.


  • Personal Well Being: LEED homes are designed to maximize indoor fresh air and minimize exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants, making it healthier and more comfortable. Allergens are decreased and overall air quality is better.
  • Cost Benefits: LEED homes use less energy and water, which means lower utility bills. On average, certified homes use 20 to 30 percent less energy than non-green homes, with some homes saving up to 60 percent. Insulation saves on heating costs. Efficient toilets save on water costs.
  • Resale: With proper planning, LEED homes can be built for the same cost as non-green homes. LEED homes can qualify for discounted homeowner’s insurance, tax breaks and other incentives. And in many markets, certified green homes are now selling quicker and for more money than comparable non-green homes. The resale value of a home increases with LEED certification.


A carefully vetted 3rd party verification system keeps the LEED certification system honest and by the book. The entire process holds true to the integrity of eco friendly and sustainable practices by ensuring guidelines are met and followed. The system ensures the home saves on energy and reduces water and electricity consumption.



5 Group LEED Rating System


Building Design and Construction

For new construction or major renovations. Includes:

  • New Construction
  • Core & Shell

BD+C also includes applications for: Schools, Retail, Hoåspitality, Data Centers, Warehouses & Distribution Centers and Healthcare


Interior Design and Construction

For complete interior fit-out projects. Includes:

  • Commercial Interiors

ID+C also includes applications for Retail and Hospitality.


Building Operations and Maintenance

For existing buildings that are undergoing improvement work or little to no construction. Includes:

  • Existing Buildings

O+M also includes applications for Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, and Warehouses & Distribution Centers.


Neighborhood Development

For new land development projects or redevelopment projects containing residential uses, nonresidential uses, or a mix. Projects can be at any stage of the development process, from conceptual planning to construction. Includes:

  • Plan and Built Project



For single family homes, low-rise multi-family (one to three stories) or mid-rise multi-family (four to six stories). Includes:

  • Homes
  • Multifamily Low rise
  • Multifamily Mid rise


Cities and Communities

For entire cities and sub-sections of a city. LEED for Cities projects can measure and manage their city’s water consumption, energy use, waste, transportation and human experience. Learn more about LEED for Cities.


LEED Recertification

LEED recertification is an important step in protecting your building asset. Recertification helps you maintain and improve your building, while keeping your sustainability investment in place. Applies to all occupied and in-use projects that have previously achieved certification under LEED – including BD+C and ID+C, regardless of their initial rating system or version. Learn more about recertification.



Available for all LEED projects certified under the BD+C or O+M rating systems or registered to pursue LEED O+M certification. LEED Zero is for projects with net zero goals in carbon and/or resources. Learn more about LEED Zero.