LEED is finally catching on across the country. In Los Angeles the future of coatings and painting was shaped by 50 VOC or less, but the rest of the country is catching up. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED certification is a third party verification program created by the US Green building Council. It uses a credit system to categorize the sustainability of a home or building. Tax write offs, lower operating costs, stewardship and a healthier space are all reasons that the program has grown over the last few years.