We commend the LEED program to anyone who can afford the time and cost of this certification. LEED has diligently promoted energy efficiency, sustainable practices, and Green design for new and existing buildings. LEED is a high goal that only a limited percent of buildings can attain. Nonetheless, LEED is the right direction for any sustainable building to consider.
It is assumed that about 5% of building owners can afford the years of transition and the heavy cost of the LEED certification. The estimates for LEED are a little complex, but here is a quote from a review of LEED certification cost. We believe that the GHBP program can be a good intermediate step for companies that are interested in a future LEED decision.