In a piece posted by Reuters [link/GreenBiz.com] the author fails to understand that USGBC’s LEED is a NOT a standard. Item number 9 in the piece says, I quote:
9. Meet LEED standards. Build, renovate, and operate your facilities according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards…..
LEED is one of many  available methodologies that can be used to assess the environmental performance of buildings, it is a rating tool, not a standard.
. Other international green building rating tools include BEAM, BREEAM, Green Star, Green Mark, and Green Globes
— John Herbert, consultant, Kelcroft E&M Limited