The hardest part of LEED certification is that there are a lot of components to test whether your building meets standards. Making sure you cover all your bases is a detailed process.
Each type of project has a rating system, from homes to retail to commercial buildings. These can be new construction projects or preexisting buildings with renovations. A building is rated on a 100 point scale, with the potential to earn up to 10 bonus points. Additionally, a project must meet all prerequisites. I’ve included the link below for the U.S. Green Building Council. There you can find document templates for confirming these prerequisites and thorough explanations of the ratings systems.
There are multiple categories in which the building has to earn enough points to pass: Sustainable Sites, Energy and Atmosphere, Water Efficiency, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design, Awareness and Education (Homes) and Location and Linkages (Homes).
Additionally, the building can earn some extra points based on Regional Priority Credits :https://www.usgbc.org/RPC/RegionalPriorityCredits.aspx?CMSPageID=2435
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