Sustainability has been defined by the Brundtland Commission as "meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." In architecture and construction, sustainability refers to reducing the environmental impact of building designs in the short term and in the long term, creating buildings and communities that are part of the natural world, being regenerative and supportive of all other living systems. The main concern when developing the overall design of sustainable or "green" buildings is the integration of all of the components to ensure that everything works together and that, in the end, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System represents the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canada Green Building Council's effort to provide a national standard for what constitutes a "green building". Green design not only makes a positive impact on public health and the environment, it also reduces operating costs, enhances building and organizational marketability, potentially increases occupant productivity, and helps create a sustainable community.

Decorative Glazing's website provides a comprehensive look at how decorative architectural glass products conform to the requirements of the LEED® Rating System.