What is LEED?

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, otherwise known as LEED, is a voluntary, internationally recognized green building certification program.

It sets industry-wide standards for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings to produce reduced energy consumption and environmental impact. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for residents.

The LEED rating system requires buildings to meet standards for sustainable sites, energy savings, water efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and use of sustainable/renewable resources. The LEED performance criteria can be applied to any building type and in any building lifecycle phase. Projects are awarded based on a point-based rating scale.

The Morrissey Engineering 4940 Building is the first building in Nebraska to be awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest level of certification achievable. The building received 56 points out a total of 69 points in the New Construction v2.2rating system.