LEED for New Construction was designed primarily for new commercial office buildings, but it has been applied to many other building types by LEED practitioners. All commercial buildings, as defined by standard building codes, are eligible for certification as LEED for New Construction buildings. Examples of commercial occupancies include offices, institutional buildings like libraries, museums and churches, hotels, and residential buildings of four or more habitable stories.
LEED for Schools addresses design and construction activities for both new school buildings and major renovations of existing school buildings. LEED for Schools is for the construction or major renovation of an academic building on K-12 school grounds.
The LEED for Core & Shell rating system acknowledges the limited level of influence a developer can exert in a speculatively developed building. LEED for Core & Shellwas developed to serve the speculative development market, in which project teams do not control all scopes of a whole building’s design and construction.
LEED for Retail: New Construction was designed primarily for the new construction or major renovation of retail buildings as defined by standard building codes.LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors was designed to work hand-in-hand with the LEED for Core & Shell certification system. Retail tenants who lease their space or do not occupy the entire building are eligible.
LEED for Commercial Interiors addresses the specifics of tenant spaces primarily in office, retail and institutional buildings.
LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance was designed to certify the sustainability of ongoing operations in existing commercial and institutional buildings. All such buildings, as defined by standard building codes, are eligible for certification under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, including offices, retail and service establishments, institutional buildings like libraries, schools, museums and churches, hotels, and residential buildings of four or more habitable stories.
The LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System places emphasis on the site selection, design and construction elements that bring buildings and infrastructure together into a neighborhood and relate a neighborhood to its landscape and its local and regional context. It recognizes development projects that successfully protect and enhance the overall health, natural environment and quality of life in communities. It promotes the location and design of neighborhoods that reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and the creation of developments where jobs and services are accessible by foot or public transit. It also supports an array of green building and green infrastructure practices.
In support of our mutual goal of transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, GBCI and GBC Italia have joined forces to support the pilot of the LEED Italia 2009 Rating System (LEED Italia 2009 per le Nuove Costruzioni). GBCI will review projects which have registered for certification under the LEED Italia rating system. All projects wishing to pursue LEED Italia certification will follow the GBCI certification process. Certification documentation will be accepted in English or Italian. Non-confidential LEED Italia project registrations and certifications will appear on GBCI project lists.