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Green Building Rating System For Commercial Interiors
Version 2.0

*Updated December 2005 November 2004

*With revised EA section for projects registered after June 26, 2007.

LEED® for Commercial Interiors


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)
Buildings fundamentally impact people’s lives and the health of the planet. In the United States, buildings use one-thirdof our total energy, two-thirds of our electricity, one-eighth of our water, and transform land that provides valuable ecological resources. Since the LEED Green Building Rating System for New Construction was first published in 1999, it has been helping professionals across the country to improve the quality of our buildings and their impact on the environment. As the green building sector growsexponentially, more and more building professionals, owners, and operators are seeing the benefits of green building and LEED certification. Green design not only makes a positive impact on public health and the environment, it also reduces operating costs, enhances building and organizational marketability, potentially increases occupant productivity, and helps create a sustainable community.LEED fits into this market by providing rating systems that are voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven, based on accepted energy and environmental principles, and they strike a balance between established practices and emerging concepts. The LEED rating systems are developed by USGBC committees, in adherence with USGBC policies and procedures guiding the development and maintenance of ratingsystems. LEED for Commercial Interiors is only possible due to the generous volunteer efforts of many individuals, and has been in development for over 4 years. This rating system was approved by member ballot during October 2004 after considering input from the public during two comment periods. LEED for Commercial Interiors is one of a growing portfolio of rating system products serving specificmarket sectors.


U.S. Green Building Council

LEED® for Commercial Interiors


LEED for Commercial Interiors
The LEED for Commercial Interiors Rating System is applicable to tenant improvements of new or existing office space.

Why Certify?
While LEED Rating Systems can be useful just as tools for building professionals, there are many reasons why LEED project certification canbe an asset: • Be recognized for your commitment to environmental issues in your community, your organization (including stockholders), and your industry; • Receive third party validation of achievement; • Qualify for a growing array of state & local government initiatives; • Receive marketing exposure through USGBC Web site, Greenbuild conference, case studies, and media announcements.Certification Process
Project teams interested in obtaining LEED certification for their project must first register online. Registration during early phases of the project will ensure maximum potential for certification. The LEED Web site,, contains important details about the certification review process, schedule and fees. The applicant project must satisfactorily documentachievement of all the prerequisites and a minimum number of points. See the LEED for Commercial Interiors project checklist for the number of points required to achieve LEED for Commercial Interiors rating levels.

Additional LEED Resources
Visit the LEED Web site for available tools and support, such as the LEED for Commercial Interiors Reference Guide (essential for all LEED for CommercialInteriors project teams), technical support via Credit Interpretations, and training workshops.

Disclaimer and Notices
The U.S. Green Building Council authorizes you to view the LEED for Commercial Interiors Green Building Rating System for your individual use and to copy as-is, or in part if you reference the original document. No content may be altered. In exchange for this authorization, you...