The term “LEED” stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a certification system for “green,” or environmentally sustainable, buildings.

LEED was developed by the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide a precedence for building design intended to be energy efficient, water efficient, environmentally responsible, and more. Today, many municipal, state, and national building codes require the use of building materials that are LEED-certified, and contractors who know which products qualify for LEED points are often the preferred choice.

Does LEED matter if my job doesn’t specify LEED materials? The short answer: Yes. Even if your job doesn’t necessarily require LEED materials, it should be a consideration because LEED-certified products, like HVAC tapes, can impact rebates and tax incentives for contractors. It is also good for your business to be knowledgeable about LEED-certified products for those jobs where they are preferred.