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The building is assessed against the following 7 sections (topics) of Sustainability.
Each of these sections consists of relevant subsections which set a number of guidelines
about specifications and other important requirements for the design, the construction
• Sustainable Sites
• Water Efficiency
• Energy and Atmosphere
• Materials and Resources
• Indoor Environmental Quality
• Innovation in Design / Operations
• Regional Priority
The total number of points awarded for each Sustainability section is added then together and the sum of these points for all sections returns the overall score for the building. Depending on this final LEED score the building is rated as follows:
40 – 49 points CERTIFIED
50 – 59 points SILVER
60 – 79 points GOLD
80 – 110 points PLATINUM
For this rating to be possible, however, it is compulsory the requirements of some very specific subsections (which award no points) to have previously been met. If this is not the case, then no LEED certification can be achieved for the building.
*LEED has been developed in the United States by their national Green Building Council (USGBC).