LEED® Certified Buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) established the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system in 2000 to assess buildings against key sustainability standards, including energy conservation, indoor air quality, use of recycled and recyclable materials, support for reduced-carbon commuting options and long-term sustainability. LEED is the most widely used third-party verification standard for green buildings in the Americas. Public buildings, especially office buildings and educational and governmental facilities, are among the most frequent participants in the LEED certification program.

LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They are designed to use less water and energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases in comparison to non-certified buildings. To obtain LEED certification, new buildings must be designed to minimize the environmental impacts of construction and operations. There are different rating systems and certification requirements according to the building type, use and age.

Prologis has been designing and developing LEED-certified buildings since 2006. In 2014, we partnered with the USGBC and M.E. Group to use the LEED Volume Program to more efficiently certify our development projects.

Created in 2011, the LEED Volume Program streamlines the certification process for high volume property owners by focusing on similarities in building design, delivery and operations. This prototype-based approach enables large-scale builders like Prologis to achieve consistency in green building improvements, while earning LEED certification faster and at a lower cost than would be possible with individual building reviews. Prologis is the first warehouse developer to participate in the LEED Volume Program.

All Prologis North American project managers are trained in LEED sustainable design standards, and many have become LEED-accredited professionals. Prologis, an industry leader in LEED certification, also has LEED-certified facilities in Brazil, Canada, China, France and Mexico.

What is a LEED-certified building?

 “LEED” stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The certification system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, validates that structures are designed to minimize emissions, energy and water use, and improve environmental quality. LEED-certified buildings are constructed to stringent sustainable design standards.

How does a building receive LEED certification?

When projects are in development, developers apply for LEED certification. A third party evaluates buildings on five dimensions: sustainability of the site, water efficiency, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and energy and atmosphere. Depending on the number of points earned, a LEED-certified building receives one of four certifications: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified.

What makes a building LEED certified?

A LEED-certified building may look like other buildings, but there are significant differences. A LEED-certified building may have solar panels on its roof and a bike rack out front. It may use highly efficient LEDs for lighting. Some of the attributes that distinguish a LEED-certified building may not be visible, such as highly efficient heating and cooling systems, extra layers of insulation and water-saving fixtures.

Why are LEED-certified buildings preferred?

As more companies focus on sustainability, they seek to ensure that their facilities, and all aspects of their operations, meet prevailing sustainable design standards. In addition, a LEED-certified warehouse often uses less energy than a typical warehouse, which makes it more economical to operate. Because LEED buildings incorporate more effective climate control and natural light than standard architecture, employees frequently regard LEED-certified buildings as more comfortable places to work.