leed-logoThe United States Green Building Council (USGBC) developed a rating and certification system. LEED, to standardize the design, development, and implementation of green building practices & technologies that incorporate sustainable materials and systems. The number of LEED points earned determines the level of LEED certification.

In 2009, USGBC updated the LEED rating system to harmonize the credits earned in five areas of development including New Construction, Existing Buildings, Commercial Interiors, Core & Shell, and Schools. The update weights some credits that have more environmental impact, and restructures the categories and number of credit points needed to achieve Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum status. The UMF Education Center earned silver status at the time of certification, and UMF F.A.B. Hall earned standard rating — these ratings will not change, but any new construction or renovation will fall under the new credit system.

LEED version 2.2  (Prior to 2009) LEED version 3 (Effective 2009)
69 possible points

Sustainable Site Development

Water Efficiency

Energy & Atmosphere

Materials & Resources

Indoor Environmental Quality

Innovation & Design Process

100 possible base points

Sustainable Site Development

Water Efficiency

Energy & Atmosphere

Materials & Resources

Indoor Environmental Quality

10 possible bonus points

Innovation & Design

Regional Priority

Point Distribution

26-32 points = Standard

33-38 points = Silver

39-51 = Gold

52-69 = Platinum

Point Distribution

40-49 points = Certified

50-59 points = Silver

60-79 points = Gold

80 points and above = Platinum

USGBC Mission: “To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.” The USGBC is composed of organizations of professionals who are interested in promoting and expanding green building practices.
LEED is a third party certification that assigns credits for specific criteria in the design and construction processes.
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization that certifies sustainable schools, businesses, homes, hospitals, and neighborhoods. The USGBC is dedicated to expanding green building and education practices. The green building rating system of the USGBC is done by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED is a national rating system for developing sustainable buildings.