Reduced hours of occupancy
Reduced energy use
Reduced water use
Increased occupant productivity
Reduced stormwater runoff
Relative costs and benefits of each credit
Environmental impacts and human benefits
Carbon footprints and embodied energy
Expected environmental performance
Balance of natural cycles such as the hydrologic cycle
Environmental aspects and potential impacts of a given product
Life span of a building and its components
Environmental systems affected over the life of a building.
Reduced first costs
Reduced maintenance costs
Reduced life-cycle costs
Reduced end-of-life costs
Reduced imminent costs
Economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility
Economic theory, cultural agendas, and global variety
Energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality
Government standards, building codes, and building practices
Developing the LEED Professional Accreditation exams
Administering LEED project reviews and certification prosesses
Establishing continuing education requirements for LEED Accredited Professionals
Providing and developing LEED-based education and research programs
LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation
LEED for Homes
LEED for Commercial Interiors
LEED for Core and Shell
To prioritize the relative impact of credits on greenhouse gas emissions.
To identify the major contributors to environmental degradation
To qualify the relative impact of different energy efficiency measures
To rank the feasibility of various green building strategies
Register a project with GBCI, pay applicable review fees, and submit documentation.
Retain a LEED professional, register the project, and pay applicable fees.
Submit documentation, obtain a preliminary rating, and pay applicable certification fees.
Register the project with GBCI, demonstrate environmental innovation, and pay applicable fees.
After one year of occupancy and after all commissioning activities are complete.
After the project team has registered and submitted all project specifications
After final punch-list items are complete and all review fees are paid.
After building completion and once all submittals and clarifications are reviewed.
Achieve continuing education credit for primary team members.
Capture federally available tax credits for the project.
Bypass otherwise required submittals.
Streamline the permitting process in many jurisdictions.
Review the credit intent and self-evaluate whether the strategy meets that intent.
Contact LEED customer service to determine whether the CIR is likely to be successful.
Review past CIRs to see whether this issue has been addressed in the past.
Consult the appropriate LEED reference guide for a more detailed explanation.
Contact its local chapter to receive a preliminary ruling.
Identify other issues to address within the CIR
Street grid density
Availability of public transportation
Vehicle miles traveled
Reduce potable water usage
Reduce stormwater runoff
Eliminate sewage piping
Draining of local aquifers
Reduced heat island effect
Support for renewable energy
Protection of the dark-sky initiative
Improved stormwater quality
Increase the floor-to-area ratio of the building
Implement a construction activity pollution plan
Use pervious paving materials for the parking area
Locate parking underground
Select drought-tolerant plantings
Provide a carpooling incentive to building occupants
Upgrade the company cars to hybrids
Install solar panels to power parking lot lighting
Provide occupants a fuel subsidy
Provides for tasteful, decorative appearance
Reduces the need for night-time security
Adequately illuminates the night sky
Does not trespass onto adjacent properties
Compliant with the green design criteria
Compliant with the sustainable building codes
Removed from other development
The Clean Water Act
Energy Policy Act of 1992
ASHRAE Standard 90.1
National Environmental Policy Act