In anticipation of Earth Day, IA Senior Project Manager Leticia SooHoo shares how the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification has evolved since its implementation in 1994.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification was first established in 1994 by a small group of men with a big idea, and it was later adopted by the U.S. Green Building Council, which made the LEED standards more sophisticated.
Over the years, the certification process and standards have evolved with the changes in technology and in the market, resulting in a rapid spike in municipalities adopting the LEED certification system.
LEED v4, which focuses on building performance and materials transparency disclosure, went into effect on November 1, 2016. With the new version, manufacturers of materials are now required to share information about corporate sustainability, where materials are coming from, how employees are treated, how waste is disposed of, etc.