LEED is leading the building industry towards a greener future. A clever acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the LEED Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based, national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization, developed the LEED Rating System in the late 1990s, and it has ... [Show full abstract] quickly grown to be the most recognized green building assessment tool in the United States. While there are over 20,000 LEED Accredited Professionals nationwide, only a small percent have worked closely on a LEED project. For this reason, the inner-workings of LEED remain somewhat mysterious. This paper seeks to demystify the LEED process by outlining it in a systematic approach. The information herein will serve as a good tool and reference for individuals who are, or intend to, work on a project pursuing LEED in the near future.