Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. Proposals to modify the LEED standards are offered and publicly reviewed by USGBC’s member organizations, which number almost 20,000.[citation needed]

Unlike Model Building Code, such as the International Building Code, only members of the USGBC and specific “in-house” committees may add, subtract or edit the standard, based on an internal review process. Model Building Codes are voted on by members and “in-house” committees, but allow for comments and testimony from the general public during each and every code development cycle at Public Review hearings, generally held multiple times a year