Getting a building LEED certified begins at the time that design professionals, architects, and engineers are retained for a construction project. Familiarity with LEED will help, such as design professional accredited by the Green Building Certification Institute and designated as a Certified LEED Accredited Professional. An application will be required, which must include project drawings and photographs and a narrative that provides project highlights. For each rating system, the applicable checklist will demonstrate the LEED principles satisfied and the overall accumulated points for the project. The process concludes with the issuance of the appropriate level of LEED certificate. Advantages of obtaining a LEED Certificate? They can include a higher valued building (due to lower operating costs) and may result in more favorable lending treatment.