Topic: LEED

Molly Jones

LEED: Who, What & Why was the topic covered by our guest speaker, Molly A. Jones, AIA, LEED AP BD+C & O+M, GGP, GPCP (she calls all that alphabet soup), Director of Sustainable Facilities for Leidos Engineering, LLC.

So, what is Green Building today?  It's not just buildings that are energy and water efficient.  It's not just buildings that use materials responsibly.  It's buildings that also deliver on economic priorities such as return on investment as well as risk mitigation and buildings that deliver on social priorities such as employee productivity as well as human health.

Ratings systems for Green Buildings include USGBC (LEED building rating system), Grren Building Initiative and International Living Building Institute.  Codes and standards for Green Buildings are ASHRAE/ANSI/USGBC/IES (ASHRAE Standard 189.1, The standard for the design of high performance Green Buildings) and the International Code Council.

Who does what?  The U.S. Green Building Council oversees LEED development, the ratings system, LEED training and reference guides.  The Green Building Certificate Institute oversees building certification and professional credentialing.

What is LEED?  It stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  LEED certification levels are Certified: 40-49 points, Silver: 50-59 points, Gold: 60-79 points and Platinum: 80 + points.

What is LEED -NC and LEED EB: O&M?  LEED-NC is design and construction while LEED EB: O&M is operations and maintenance.

What are the LEED categories?  They are Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Envoronmental Quality and Innovation in Design.

What are the different LLED credentials one can earn?  They are LEED AP which is the Legacy credential, LEED Green Associate (an entry level credential), LEED AP BD+C (Building Design and Construction) , LEED AP ID+C (Interior Design and Construction), LEED AP O+M (Operations and Maintenance), LEED AP ND (New Development) and LEED AP Homes.    

These items are just a few of the things Molly addressed in her presentation.  To learn more about LEED and Green Buildings, you can contact Molly at