How to Become LEED Certified? That’s for Buildings, Silly! LEED Credentials for Architects

Is LEED AP just another set of letters that architects tack onto their names to appear more credible, or does it really mean something? In a world that is increasingly concerned about the impact of the built environment on the planet, does the credential make a difference for your career and credibility, or is it a waste of time and money?

The What and the How. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the parent organization of LEED, it is the most widely recognized and widely used green-building rating system in the world. It examines big things such as the way a building site is positioned, as well as minute details like what the carpet fibers in the lobby are made of.

In terms of how to become LEED certified, building projects must follow rigorous requirements and documentation for different levels of LEED v4 certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. A building with a LEED plaque on it tells occupants and passersby that it’s a healthier and more environmentally friendly building than others.

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