The United States Green Building Council (USGBC®) is a coalition of building industry leaders who came together in 1993 to promote environmentally responsible and profitable buildings.

Learn more about the USGBC.

USGBC and the related logo is a trademark owned by the
U.S. Green Building Council® and is used with permission.

The Council then developed the LEED® certification program to provide guidelines and recognition for green buildings. LEED means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Learn more about LEED.

LEED is the preeminent program for the design, construction,
maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings.

If you don’t seek LEED certification for your buildings, you could soon face tough competition.

More than 92,000 projects are participating in LEED across 167+ countries and territories, with 2.2 million square feet being certified every day.

At the same time, more customers have become green savvy, and they expect businesses to show proof of environmental concern.

In order to become certified, a project must provide documentation showing that it meets certain requirements. The USGBC awards points accordingly. The number of points above determines the LEED rating and category as follows:

There are specific rating systems for different types of projects:

As LEED-NC and LEED-EB O&M became benchmarks for green buildings nationwide, the USGBC created other certification systems for the building industry.

USGBC also developed LEED certification programs for specific buildings such as schools, retail, healthcare and homes. In addition, there are now LEED programs for neighborhoods, cities and communities.

Benefit #1:

Becoming LEED certified is good for business.

LEED certified buildings enjoy government incentives, marketing benefits and increased property values.

Going green also reduces costs to building management and tenants, including costs associated with sick leave, health care, productivity loss and litigation. In addition, energy and lifecycle costs savings for buildings with LEED certification are documented in USGBC case studies.

Benefit #2:

LEED buildings are healthier.

LEED standards create improved indoor air quality and reduce potential health problems, especially allergies and other sensitivities.

Benefit #3:

Healthier environments increase productivity.

Healthier employees mean happier employees. Statistics show increased worker satisfaction, improved morale, reduced absenteeism, and increased productivity.

Benefit #4:

Green buildings help the earth.

Green programs can reduce the negative effect buildings and operations have on the environment: air and water pollution, ozone depletion and global climate change. Green practices conserve energy, promote recycling, reduce the use of raw materials and minimize the use of toxic products requiring disposal.

Benefit #5:

Going green incorporates the safety of the building and protects property values.

Green procedures reduce the likelihood and frequency of fires, explosions, spills and splashes. In addition, green cleaning calls for environmentally friendly and correctly diluted products and the right product for each job.  This means, for example, that stains on carpets or upholstery are treated with the mildest, effective cleaner, thereby prolonging the life of expensive furnishings and reducing exposure to harsher chemicals.

Benefit #6:

Implementing ABM’s GreenCare® program earns points toward LEED certification.

According to the USGBC, LEED-EB O&M focuses on seven major areas, each with their own certification standards and best practices.

  • Facility Cleaning & Maintenance, including Chemicals
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Efficiency
  • Recycling Programs
  • Exterior Maintenance Programs
  • Systems Upgrades

By implementing the ABM GreenCare® program, your building can earn up to 11 points toward LEED certification in the Existing Buildings O+M category. ABM can also help you with the stringent LEED documentation requirements.

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