LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
LEED is for all building types and all building phases including new construction, interior fit outs, operations and maintenance and core and shell. Unsure of which rating system to use? Check out our interactive Discover LEED tool to get started; then, use the rating system selection guidance to make a final decision.
Companies are finding that customers welcome retailers who have a proven record of being environmentally conscious. Retailers are increasingly focusing on sustainability to differentiate their brands, services and strategies. Organizations are increasingly realizing that meeting this challenge requires implementing meaningful corporate social responsibility plans and working towards energy efficiency, water savings, increased resilience, reduced emissions, and net zero and waste strategies.
LEED certification gives construction projects an internationally recognized third-party review that shows the world that a company is doing business in terms of sustainability.
Why retail facilities are certifying to LEED?
Health: Employees and customers at LEED-certified retail locations benefit from spaces that maximize indoor fresh air and minimize exposure to toxins and pollutants in the air.
Savings: LEED branches work with lower operating costs. On average, the life cycle savings of 20 percent of the total construction costs mean ten times the amortization of the upfront investment.
Responsibility: LEED certification sends a strong message about a company’s values and priorities. By using LEED, retailers are actively showing their employees and customers that they care about human health, the resilience of the population and the environment.
Value: LEED-certified retail spaces attract and retain more customers than non-certified, comparable spaces. LEED spaces also have higher sales and work with lower overheads.
Brand loyalty: LEED certification conveys a meaningful message about a company’s values, improves the overall brand experience and increases brand loyalty.
Verification: The LEED badge on the wall sends the message that you care about your customers and employees and that a third party has verified the sustainability and health aspects of your space. Third party validation ensures that each project saves energy, water and other resources and reduces the overall environmental impact. Don’t cut corners.