Washington, D.C.—In an effort to accelerate sustainable development around the world, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED green building program, announced 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 bring LEED certification and thereby better-performing buildings into new markets. LEED is a global approach to more efficient, environmentally-sound buildings and is universally adaptable to address issues such as energy and potable water use, environmental toxins and human health concerns related to indoor environments. 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 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, will go to a USGBC member vote this June and is set to launch at the end of 2013. The newest version of LEED will have a strong emphasis on building performance.