Benefits of a LEED Credential

LEED is the gold standard sustainability standard. Earning a LEED credential will provide you with an invaluable overview of what exactly green building and sustainable development means. No matter your experience level, everyone learns something. The insights gained and the overarching perspective attained by learning LEED will allow you to find your passion and specialize in a particular niche.

Individual Benefits

  • Accreditation provides a marketable asset to an employer, prospective employer, or client
  • Allows for a new career path, even if you've had no prior experience
  • Expand your marketing reach - You will be listed on USGBC website directory of LEED Professionals
  • You would be able to use your LEED credentials after your name on your resume, business card, LinkedIn profile, email signature, etc.
  • Receive recognition for involvement in the LEED certification process

Employer Benefits

  • Become eligible for projects on which owners are mandating the participation of a LEED professional 
  • Strengthen your qualifications when responding to RFPs requiring a LEED professional 
  • Encourage the growth of knowledge and understanding of the LEED certification process and keep up with the hottest industry
  • LEED provides incentives for project teams to include products with greater recycled content, rapidly renewable materials, and building products that reduce waste throughout their lifecycle.
  • LEED provides a clear pathway for environmental achievement. A building that is built, remodeled, or managed according to LEED standards is a clear expression of a company's commitment to the environment. 

Industry Benefits

  • Encourages and promotes a higher understanding of LEED worldwide
  • Supports and facilitates transformation in sustainable construction and design
  • LEED is the most comprehensive and difficult certification to attain in the built environment. Most projects, if they achieve LEED Platinum Certification, will well exceed most other building certification standards and codes.
  • LEED buildings are better for the environment; are energy- and water-efficient; have higher lease-up rates than conventional buildings in their markets; are healthier and safer for occupants; and are a physical demonstration of the values of the organizations that own and occupy them. 

In Summary

Not only will you be in demand because of your specialized skills, you will be able to compete in an economy where LEED is quickly becoming the norm, rather than the exception, for professionals in the building industry. Add to that the recent changes to the LEED system that make it more attractive and applicable to anyone with an interest in sustainability, and you’ve got a perfect time to get accredited.

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