LEED REFERENCE GUIDE FOR BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
1. MUST BE IN A PERMANENT LOCATION ON EXISTING LAND
The LEED rating system is designed to evaluate buildings, spaces, and neighborhoods in the context of their
A significant portion of LEED requirements are dependent on the project’s location, therefore
it is important that LEED projects are evaluated as permanent structures.
Locating projects on existing land is
important to avoid artificial land masses that have the potential to displace and disrupt ecosystems.
All LEED projects must be constructed and operated on a permanent location on existing land. No project that is
designed to move at any point in its lifetime may pursue LEED certification. This requirement applies to all land
within the LEED project.
Movable buildings are not eligible for LEED. This includes boats and mobile homes.
Prefabricated or modular structures and building elements may be certified once permanently installed as part
of the LEED project.
Buildings located on previously constructed docks, piers, jetties, infill, and other manufactured structures
in or above water are permissible, provided that the artificial land is previously developed, such that the land
once supported another building or hardscape constructed for a purpose other than the LEED project.
2. MUST USE REASONABLE LEED BOUNDARIES
The LEED rating system is designed to evaluate buildings, spaces, or neighborhoods, and all environmental impacts
associated with those projects.
Defining a reasonable LEED boundary ensures that project is accurately evaluated.