LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is the most widely-recognized green building certification system in the United States. There are several LEED rating systems:
- Commercial Interiors
- Core & Shell
- New Construction
- Schools, Healthcare, Retail
- Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance
LEED covers a very broad spectrum of green building, including:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Indoor Environmental Quality
while Passive House focuses on energy efficiency and indoor air quality. The two systems are complementary; the Passive House concept is an excellent way to design a building that will achieve LEED’s Energy & Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality points.
Gregory Duncan is a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction.
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