LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Back in 1993, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) was established to promote sustainable building practices. To market their concept of “building green”, they had to create a system to introduce their ideas to the industry – one that has measurable performance standards and strategies to create sustainable buildings. Thus, LEED was born. LEED is essentially a rating system to measure the sustainable performance standards of different kinds of buildings.
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), was formed in late 2007 as a part of the USGBC to manage all aspects of the LEED Professional Accreditation program including exam development, registration and delivery. Additionally, the GBCI has recently begun to administer LEED project certification.
That means that you will be dealing with the GBCI when earning your credential, as well as when certifying LEED projects after you pass.
Other FAQs for those new to LEED:
- What is LEED?
- How does LEED certification work?
- Why should I care about LEED?
- What are the benefits of earning a LEED Professional Credential?
- How do I earn my LEED professional credential?