EMSI: 100 LEED Certified Projects and Counting
The other day I had the honor of presenting EMSI—a long-time partner of USGBC’s—with a LEED plaque for their 100th LEED-certified building in mainland China and Singapore.
EMSI’s 100th project, China Development Bank and Beijing Financial Street Holding, is equipped with the most advanced and innovative technologies—a breathing curtain wall, ice storage system and a low temperature air supply system, so as to achieve significant energy savings of more than 20%.
This project is exceptional and beats most office buildings and banks in the U.S. As far as we know, this is the first Chinese national bank receiving such a green building award.
It was my pleasure to honor such advancements and innovations with USGBC’s latest innovation, the LEED Dynamic Plaque, which tracks five key building metrics—energy, water, waste, human experience and transportation—in real time.
Data for this building can be automatically captured from its Building Information System or manually entered. The LDP algorithm in the plaque creates the performance score for the building in real time and shows how LEED works. This building can now be used to benchmark other buildings around the globe from Beijing to Boston.
Indeed, the number of LEED-certified buildings in Greater China has grown year after year, making the region the second largest market for LEED outside the U.S. Yet this milestone would not have been possible without leaders such as EMSI.
In our new report, LEED in Motion: Greater China, we have begun to tell EMSI’s LEED story (page 29). On the anniversary of their 100th project, I am proud to report that EMSI has pursued LEED for 51 office buildings, 21 factories, 14 mixed-use buildings, five residential projects, three showrooms, two R+D buildings, two meeting centers, one community building and one commerce building. The diversity of EMSI’s building portfolio, their ongoing commitment to LEED and a healthier China demonstrates true leadership.
LEED does work. On behalf of USGBC's 13,000 member organizations, it’s thousands of LEED users, its 200,000 LEED professionals and the millions of global citizens who want a better built environment for their friends and colleagues, their families and their children, I offer my sincerest congratulations to EMSI.