Point Spread

LEED certification for new construction is based on specific actions in six categories. Each action earns a point. Here's a sampling.

Siting
Reclaim a brownfield site; build near public transportation

Water Use
Landscape with native plants; capture rainwater runoff

Energy
Install solar panels; buy energy from a renewable source

Materials and Resources
Build a recycling room; recycle 50% of construction waste

Indoor Environmental Quality
Ban smoking; use low-emission, low-toxicity paints

Innovation
Exceed LEED standard for energy efficiency; have a LEED-accredited professional on project team

26-32 Points: Certified
33-38 Points: Silver
39-51 Points: Gold
52-69 Points: Platinum

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