LEED Goes International

Our friends at TruexCullins, a Burlington, VT-based architecture and design firm, provided this bit of interesting blog fodder; LEED is going international. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a credit-based rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), that addresses five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. LEED certification has become the green building standard in the U.S. and, perhaps predictably, its value-add is now recognized by developers abroad.

TruexCullins (you may remember our video about their designs for ‘net zero homes’) has seen a growing interest in the LEED system. As David Epstein writes on the firm’s blog, “more and more clients are requiring LEED certification for their new projects,….virtually every RFP (Request for Proposal) we see these days includes LEED certification as part of the project.”

Epstein continues,
Despite its U.S. roots and U.S. based standards, LEED is now growing rapidly overseas. According to Alex Palmer of Nielsen Business Media, international projects now account for “…27 percent of all square footage registered for LEED qualification.  The number of registered projects outside of the United States went from only 8 in 2004…to 1,120 in 2008…There are currently LEED projects in 114 of the world’s 195 nations.”  The highest concentration is in Scandinavia, where 43 LEED projects are underway.
Foreign interest in the LEED rating system isn’t exactly new- the first one based outside the U.S. was officially launched in Vancouver, BC in April of 2004 by Canada’s equivalent of the USGBC, Canada Green Building Council- but, clearly, LEED certification is increasingly the most recognized and relevant rating not just here but in a growing number of countries.
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