LEED Makes Free Offer to New Markets

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013

Seeking a foothold in the scores of small and developing nations still outside the green building movement, the U.S. Green Building Council is offering free LEED certification to projects in new markets.

The "LEED Earth" campaign aims "to accelerate sustainable development" in the 112 countries "where LEED has yet to take root," the council announced Wednesday (June 5).

"This campaign aims to bring LEED certification and thereby better-performing buildings into new markets," the council said.

Full rules for LEED Earth are available here.

From A to Z

The eligible countries range from A (Afghanistan) to Z (Zimbabwe) and include many developing African and Middle Eastern nations, as well as smaller countries such as Liechtenstein and Monaco.

LEED, a suite of third-party verification systems for green buildings, is the world's most widely used voluntary green building certification program. Ratings are available for new construction, commercial interiors, existing buildings, core & shell structures, new homes and neighborhood developments.

More than 52,000 projects currently participate in LEED, comprising more than 9.9 billion square feet of construction space, the Green Building Council says.

LEED v.4, with a strong emphasis on building performance, is set for a vote this month and is expected to be in effect by the end of 2013.

Rebates up to $30K

The cost of LEED certification varies widely, depending on the type of construction, square footage of the project, and other factors.

Solar Panels on Roof

A suite of LEED rating systems is available for new construction, commercial interiors, existing buildings, new homes and neighborhood developments.

Rebates offered under the program will range from $2,250 to $30,000, based on the type and scale of each project, spokesman Joe Crea said in an email Friday (June 7).

"By earning LEED certification, these projects will be recognized for their leadership and serve as prominent examples of high performance in their markets," Crea added.

'Bringing LEED to Every Country'

"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, USGBC's president and CEO.

"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."

To participate in the program and register a project, contact LEED Earth.


Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Good Technical Practice; Green building; LEED; LEED v4; Residential Construction; U.S. Green Building Council

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