LEED Certification VS LEED Accreditation

What’s the difference between LEED Certification and LEED Accreditation?


LEED Certification is for buildings while LEED Accredidation is for people. Individuals who pass one of the LEED credentialing exams become LEED Accredited while buildings who meet the requirements will become LEED Certified. Individuals new to LEED often make the mistake of saying “I want to become LEED Certified.” when what they really should be saying is, “I want to become LEED Accredited.”

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To be awarded LEED certification, construction projects and buildings must meet requirements and earn points to be awarded with one of the different levels of certification. Any Building can become LEED Certified.


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