LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; it’s a consensus-based standard for various types of buildings, such as new construction, existing buildings, building interiors, residential homes, and entire neighborhood developments. One reason for LEED and the US Green Building Council is to eliminate the confusion regarding what a "green" building is. Built into the standards are various levels, or shades of green. I found this slide show at the USGBC‘s website and wanted to share it with the Jetson Green readers.
You don’t need to be an architect or large design firm to see how LEED is important. If you’re a lawyer, and you have a developer client friend, you can say to that person, "Hey, have you thought about getting that project done LEED?" Or if you’re a budding developer, you can go to the design firm and say, "Hey, I want this thing done LEED, and I know it can be done without too much of a price premium…are you the firm for me?" No matter what your position is, you may have the occasion to tell a decision maker that they ought to consider LEED/green building; that decision maker will be grateful that you were in the know.