Designed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Leadership in Energy and Environemtental Design (LEED) program uses a rating system that is built to recognize buildings that implement environmentally friendly strategies in order to promote sustainable building practices. The five major categories that buildings are judged on are:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environemental Quality
Simply stated, the LEED rating system is a point-system of 100 points (maximum). There are four levels of certification:
- Certified: 40-49 points
- Silver: 50-59 points
- Gold: 60-69 points
- Platinum: 70+ points
Washington-Lee's Gold LEED Certification
Designed by Grimm+Parker Architects and constucted by Hess Construction, Washington-Lee achieved a gold LEED certification with 69 points.
The school additionally won the Platinum Level Distinguished Design Award from the Virginia School Boards Association and it was named the 2010 Top High School from the Virginia Educational Facility Planners.
Click here to view Washington-Lee’s LEED credit score card.