Minimum Program Requirements

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LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations, LEED 2009 for Core & Shell development, LEED 2009 for Schools, LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors, and LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, LEED for Retail – New Construction, LEED for Retail – Commercial Interiors, LEED for Healthcare

Do not apply to LEED for Homes, LEED for Neighborhood Development, or any LEED rating system adopted prior to 2009

Version January 2011

The only change made in this version is the indication that the MPRs apply to recently launched rating systems. These rating systems include: LEED for Retail – New Construction, LEED for Retail – Commercial Interiors, and LEED for Healthcare


This document identifies the MPRs, or minimum characteristics that a project must possess in order to be eligible for LEED Certification. These requirements define the types of buildings that the LEED Green Building Rating Systems were designed to evaluate, and taken together serve three goals: to give clear guidance to customers, to protect the integrity of the LEED program, and to reduce complications that occur during the LEED certification process. The requirements in this document will apply to all those, and only those projects seeking to demonstrate conformance with the rating systems listed above.

Definitions, exceptions, and more extensive guidance relating to these MPRs are available in a separate document titled: LEED 2009 MPR Supplemental Guidance. Terms that are italicized and underlined here are defined in the Supplemental Guidance document (they are marked as such only the first time that they appear).

At this time U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. has authorized the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) to confer LEED Certification. GBCI has agreed to consider requests for exceptions to MPRs that are not already defined in the LEED 2009 MPR Supplemental Guidance document on a case-by-case basis for special circumstances.

In addition to complying with the MPRs, a project must also demonstrate compliance with all rating system requirements in order to achieve LEED Certification.


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