LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant build out, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a membership-based nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated. USGBC is best known for its development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system and its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.
The NCARB is a nonprofit corporation compromising the legally constituted architectural registration boards of all 50 states as its members. Its mission is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. Membership allows a registered architect in any state to have a reciprocity to work in any other state.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the AIA offers education, government advocacy, community redevelopment, and public outreach to support the architecture profession and improve its public image. the AIA also works with other members of the design and construction team to help coordinate the building industry.