LEED In Missouri & Southern Illinois
If there’s a single idea – a catalyst – in transforming North America’s built environment, it is LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Created in the mid-1990s by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED® remains the most widely-adopted green building standard in the world. LEED provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all key sustainability metrics: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
LEED Certification is voluntary and promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Materials & Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Locations & Linkages
- Awareness & Education
- Innovation in Design
- Regional Priorities
LEED Professional Accreditation assures employers, policymakers and other stakeholders that an individual stays current with green building technology, best practices, LEED rating systems and any area of specialization within the industry. Credentials include LEED AP (Accredited Professional) and LEED Green Associate.
Why LEED? Why Missouri Gateway?
By any measure, Missouri Gateway is a leader in LEED. Thanks to a commitment by the City of St. Louis (City Ordinance 67414), Washington University and other local institutional and corporate leaders, there are now 53 commercial and 31 residential LEED Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified projects across the region. Missouri Gateway also now boasts more than 700 LEED Accredited Professionals.
The LEED Difference
The environmental and financial benefits of LEED are many: greater occupant satisfaction, improved indoor air quality, tax rebates and incentives, and reduced life-cycle costs. LEED-certified buildings are designed to:
- Lower operating costs and increase asset value
- Reduce waste sent to landfills
- Conserve energy and water
- Be healthier and safer for occupants
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
LEED is a constantly evolving, consensus-based program – with several key advancements introduced recently in LEED Version 3.