There are five rating systems that address the different types of projects; Building Design and Construction, Interior Design and Construction, Building Operations and Maintenance, Neighborhood Development, and Homes. Building Design and Construction applies to new construction or major renovations. Interior Design and Construction is for projects that are a complete interior fit-out. Building Operation and Maintenance applies to existing buildings undergoing improvement with little or no construction, Neighborhood Development applies to new land development or redevelopment. Homes can apply to single-family, multi-family (both low and mid-rise).
Each rating system is made up of credit categories and within each category are specific prerequisites projects must satisfy to earn points. These categories include Integrative Process, Location and Transportation Materials and Resources, Water efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Sustainable sites, Indoor environmental quality, Innovation, Green infrastructure and buildings, and Neighborhood pattern and design.
The number of points a project earns will determine the level of LEED certification. The levels range from Certified (lowest), silver, gold, to platinum being the highest.
You may ask why I would choose the LEED building path. If you are serious about saving money, conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation than LEED is the best choice.
Currently seeking LEED certification is the project of Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, a continuing care retirement community located on Airport-Pulling Road and Golden Gate parkway in Naples, Florida. When the community is complete it will include luxury residences in 12 buildings, a clubhouse, Center for Healthy Living, an Assisted Living and Memory Care facility, and three 80,000 square foot gardens.