LEED (The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification system

The US Energy Efficiency & Environmental Design System was developed in 1993 by the USGBC (The United States Green Building Council).

This method is a rating system for evaluating the design, construction, and operation of buildings. The system is based on such criteria as energy efficiency and innovation, reducing the environmental footprint and ensuring people’s comfort.

As a result of the summation of the accrued points of the object, one of the four levels of the certificate is awarded: “Certified” (40-49 points), “Silver” (50-59 points), “Gold” (60-79 points), “Platinum” (80 and more points).

The LEED system has a good methodology, but it does not take into account the specifics of foreign economies. In some countries, energy efficiency incentive programs through tax breaks or direct subsidies are not as widespread.

However, there are also buildings in Ukraine that have successfully passed this certification.

The first is the Shell office located in the Toronto Business Center, which was certified LEED ID + C: Commercial Interiors v3 at the end of 2013.

The second LEED-certified facility is located at Sikorsky Street, 4. The building received a Silver Certificate in September 2014.

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