Building and home efficiency is a key advertising feature when courting realtors, buyers, and renters. However, without standardization of what qualifies as ‘green’, it may be difficult to ascertain what buildings are truly built with green intentions. In developing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system, the US Green Building Council set standards to identify those pushing the efficiency envelope. LEED sets building standards, such that new construction and renovations may be awarded for their energy conservation and optimization through various ‘green’ credentials. In today’s Green Friday post, we will explore what makes a LEED-certified building, what incentivizes builders and owners to pursue LEED certifications, and how LEED-certified buildings can positively affect your community.