When should you have LEED certification?

Whether as electrical, or general contractors, green energy should be your priority to stay in business. This is the need of the hour due to the ever-raging change and threat of global warming. But to achieve the right outcome you need some proper guidelines and protocols such as LEED. The U. S. Green Building Council or USGBC gives a certificate called LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environment Designs.

What is LEED certification?

LEED certification is a rating that covers construction projects with respect to their design, operation, construction standard, and maintenance in terms of being eco-friendly. The certification is available globally to help contractors, project owners, builders, and others.

The certification has evolved into its five versions since 1998. The latest (fifth) has been drafted in January 2023. This will help in both new construction and old improvement projects with their goals; i.e., climate action, quality of life, and ecological conservation & restoration. While the first goal covers half of the importance and the other two combine to make the other half.

How to Have This Certification?

LEED is not an easy certification to have. Green Building Certification Institute plays a vital role in all of this. The GBCI acts as the commission and delivers the right outcome. This process includes:

  • The design of the project is submitted for review through third-party review
  • A fee is required in order to register a project which may range from 1 to 6 % of the cost
  • Analyzing design applications with architect & engineer documents
  • Analyzing construction applications with contractor documents during construction

LEED certification can be very beneficial for your construction business for growth. But this should not be attained all of a sudden, as a contractor you need to go through certain assurances before having this certification.

What to have?

You should proceed to have it when you have checked for all these requirements which include:

You have sufficient expertise

Unfortunately, most of the green energy talk is just noise. Having the right expertise is very hard at times and only when you have the required expertise should you go for the certification. Until then do small projects and gain experience. Although this can be very painful; the slow process is very important to actually do it in the right manner.

You are familiar with green energy

As earlier said, most of the talk about green energy is just talk. People do not have any practical familiarity with it. This requires some work and experience with the tools, machinery, and usage. Once you have had enough of it you should for LEED certification or any other. Until then, just keep on working with the available knowledge and reputation.

You have enough resources

Doing a project is one thing and at the same time going for certification is another. This is an important issue as both of them come at some cost. As a contractor, you need to pay for both of them (cost of construction and LEED fee) to work and deliver the intended outcome. Thus, only when you have the resources to afford state-of-the-art construction for green energy projects and to afford the certification fee should you go for the certification.

Your construction business has a long-term plan

If you have some very long-term plan about being in the construction industry, you should go for it. This does go as a one-time thing. As you go for certification for one project it is important that you go for multiple projects later on and even other pushes you to go for it. Thus, you plan to do it again and again, only then should you go for LEED certification. Otherwise, it will lead to various problems for your business and yourself in the long run.

You win and do larger projects

It is almost a waste to spend a lot of time, effort, expertise, and resources on small projects. While if you are looking to do some big green energy projects, it is better to go for certifications. This not only gives you some comfort about your efforts but also helps you save your investments in various ways. Moreover, it will tend to attract more projects and a prosperous future.

You cover large construction markets

In the case your construction business covers vast markets you should invest in certifications. On the other hand, if you are looking for work as a local contractor, do not waste your time and resources. Smaller projects and local markets often do not look for major certifications and tend to work on local requirements.


Whether you are a general electrical contractor, you might have to go through the use of green energy during building electrical systems. In addition to putting together the systems (for this you have electrical estimating services), it is the new order of the day due to the course of sustainable development. This can be achieved through the right standards and working conditions. One such standard is LEED certification which you can have for any project through certain protocols. These include reviewing designs and working for some fee. But if you go and have it, you need to achieve certain requirements which are expertise about green energy, its familiarity, resources to afford the tools & certification fee, planning for future work, larger project size, and construction markets. These are vital and affect your work a lot.