Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – commonly referred to as LEED – is a professional body responsible for providing frameworks for healthy, efficient, and carbon and cost-saving green buildings.

Initially launched in the United States in 1993 by the Green Building Council (GBC), it’s now an internationally-renowned certification supporting critical climate change initiatives, enhancing resilience, and supporting more equitable communities across the globe.

To achieve accreditation, a project goes through a verification and review process by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), earning credits by adhering to a variety of prerequisites – addressing everything from energy and water, to health and indoor environmental quality.

LEED takes a holistic approach to industry excellence, factoring the integral elements of a sustainability strategy under one umbrella system, and placing projects into a corresponding level of certification based on their overall performance.

While BREEAM is more academic and rigorous, relying on quantitative standards to demonstrate compliance, LEED bases its thresholds on percentages.

A vast array of buildings can apply for recognition upon construction – from commercial buildings to homes, healthcare venues to retail and leisure centres – to help deliver the triple bottom line returns of people, planet, and profit.

But that’s not all. With many resource-depleting and inefficient buildings existing around the world, LEED for operations and maintenance offers an opportunity to pay close attention to the restoration of existing spaces – both interior and exterior.

And people can even apply for validation of responsible construction practices, too. Professional credentials, acquired through examinations, enable individuals to demonstrate proficiency in line with today’s sustainable design, construction, and operation standards. More than 203,000 accreditations have been awarded across the globe to date, to help advance the careers of industry professionals and distinguish their expertise.

It’s no secret that we’re big on sustainability here at Waterguard – especially when it comes to usage and efficiency – but as the third most weighted LEED category, water sustainability contributes significantly to the long-term viability of any strategy.

From expert advice to a comprehensive range of leak detection and prevention systems, we have everything you need to tackle this element of your LEED strategy head on – whether as an individual or as part of a larger scale project.

If you have any queries to help supercharge your efforts, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 01226 244 200, or email enquiries@waterguard.co.uk.