Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is aninternationally recognized green building certification systemdeveloped by the U.S. Green Building Council(USGBC). 

Over the past decade, LEED certification has become an increasingly popular objective for builders and owners ofcommercial and residential properties. According to the USGBC, morethan 36,000 commercial projects and 38,000 single-family homes havealready participated in LEED since the rating system was firstintroduced in 2000. The volume of participating properties isenormous—about six billion square feet of projects are registered,and developers of another six billion square feet of projects arecurrently pursuing certification. 

Although claims adjusters are generally familiar with the LEEDconcept, relatively few among them possess comprehensive knowledgeof how LEED certification affects the recovery process following adisaster, such as a flood or fire. This knowledge gap creates risksfor both the insured and the insurer, but adjusters can close thatgap by more carefully assessing how restoration of an insuredLEED-certified property differs from disaster recovery for realestate not certified by LEED.

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