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Benefits of LEED accreditation for general contractors

Will Hummel, a Ferguson Marketing Manager

by Will Hummel


Building green used to be the wave of the future, but this now commonplace practice allows contractors who are accredited green builders to have several advantages over those who are not. The most prominent green building accreditation worldwide is the LEED(R) accreditation program. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third-party building certification program that is run by the U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC(R). LEED offers three types of accreditations for professionals to earn: LEED Green Associate, LEED Accredited Professional, or AP, and LEED Fellow. The purpose of LEED is to reduce the environmental impact of buildings around the world. Whether you build single-family residential buildings or high-rise commercial offices, earning a LEED accreditation can help you grow your contracting career. Discover the benefits of LEED accreditation and see how earning your credentials will help you increase your marketability.

LEED accreditation benefits

  • Give your business the competitive advantage.
    Earning your LEED accreditation can give you the edge over your competition by allowing you to bid a wider variety of projects. Many government agencies, especially those at the federal level, require building projects to be designed and constructed according to LEED specifications in order to ensure efficiency. In fact, the U.S. General Services Administration, or GSA’s, minimum requirement for new construction and largely renovated federally-owned facilities is LEED Gold certification. If you’re not an accredited LEED contractor, then you’re likely missing out on opportunities to bid jobs that other LEED-accredited competitors are able to bid.

    Pro tip: According to the U.S. Green Building Council, the size of the green building market doubles every three years worldwide. Earning a LEED accreditation will help you stay ahead of this booming industry trend.

  • Attract more customers with energy-saving benefits.
    According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings that are LEED certified use 25% less energy, 11% less water, and emit 34% less carbon dioxide than other buildings. These environmental savings makes building green an appealing choice for consumers. Promoting your skills as a LEED-accredited contractor could help you grow a larger customer base.

    Pro tip: Certain building projects that are executed according to LEED specifications might qualify building owners for select tax credits and government rebates. This could make your LEED accreditation an added incentive for customers to choose you over your competitors.

  • Stay informed on the latest green building techniques.
    As the premier green building accreditation program, LEED provides its members with exclusive access to information about the newest innovations in green building technology. Your contracting business will benefit from updates about new energy-saving building material, ways to improve indoor air efficiency, reduce water use, and even minimize light pollution. You can assure your customers that your LEED accreditation allows you to complete your projects according to the most rigid green building standards in the industry.

    Pro tip: According to the U.S. Green Building Council, green-certified buildings see a 4% increase in value. You can use this information to promote the financial benefits of your LEED-accredited contracting business.

Beginning the LEED accreditation process

When you’re ready to advance your career by pursuing a LEED accreditation, the next step is to explore the types of LEED accreditations available and choose the one that best suits your business. Then, familiarize yourself with the LEED accreditation process. This includes:

  • Understanding eligibility requirements
  • Registering for the appropriate exam
  • Paying applicable fees for the exam
  • Study for and complete the exam

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Will Hummel, a Ferguson Marketing Manager
Will Hummel

Will leverages his extensive industry knowledge and years of experience working with trade professionals throughout the construction industry to provide customers with useful resources and valuable information.