Building Magazine


First Coke, then missionaries….then LEED?

In an effort to accelerate sustainable development around the world, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have launched a new campaign offering free LEED certification to the first projects to certify in the 112 countries where LEED has yet to take root.

Coined “LEED Earth,” this campaign aims to spread the gospel of better-performing buildings into new markets. All building types are welcome to participate across the suite of LEED rating systems, including: new construction, commercial interiors, existing buildings, core & shell structures, new homes and neighborhood developments.

“LEED is a global language and can become a catalyst for incremental change toward a sustainable future. USGBC is committed to bringing LEED to every country in the world while continuing to foster innovation and achievement in existing global markets,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC. “Buildings are the single greatest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions of any sector, and the least costly way to alleviate the environmental stresses of our changing planet. LEED is the tool to get the job done.”

LEED has opened a new chapter in building design, construction, operations and maintenance by challenging businesses to aim higher in the pursuit of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. LEED has helped transform the green building movement into a $140 billion industry, making sustainability the market standard.

With LEED projects in 140 countries and territories, 1.5 million square feet of construction space earn LEED certification each day, the equivalent of nearly four Empire State Buildings a week. LEED v4, the next iteration of the LEED green building rating system with a strong emphasis on building performance, will go to a USGBC member vote this June and is set to launch at the end of 2013.

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