U.S. Green Building Council Launches Real-Time International Market Briefs
Briefs expand USGBC offerings aimed at green building market transparency on a global scale
Washington, D.C. — (July 9, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the launch of an expanded online data visualization resource that will allow any user to access aggregated LEED green building project information in the more than 150 countries with LEED projects underway.
Following on the successful U.S. state market briefs launched by USGBC in April, the international market briefs detail LEED projects by owner sector, rating system and space type for all countries with building projects participating in the LEED green building rating system, along with in-market LEED credentialed professionals and USGBC members.
"LEED is driving innovation and sustainable development across the globe,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. "These market briefs offer a global view, country by country, simultaneously representing the international demand for LEED and our commitment to making the story and the data behind it transparent."
The global up take of LEED has surged in the past few years. The gross commercial square footage certified by the Green Building Certification Institute outside the U.S. rose from 156 million to 176 million square feet in a single year (2012-2013). Currently, more than 648 million square feet of commercial space is LEED certified outside the U.S.
The country market briefs dovetail with the recent series of country-specific LEED in Motion reports (Greater China, Sweden, Canada) and the LEED Earth promotion, which offers complimentary LEED certification to the first project in a country to achieve LEED certification. Since the program began in 2013, LEED projects in 15 nations, including Venezuela and Kuwait, have earned free certification.
“Visualizing the global LEED marketplace allows us not only to see the present, but gives us a window through which we can imagine a more sustainable future for our planet,” added Ramanujam.
The international market briefs can be downloaded either as a visualization or as a raw data file and are accessible at http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/country-market-brief.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the world's foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Every day, 1.7 million square feet (140,000 square meters) of space is certified using LEED. LEED seeks to optimize the use of natural resources, promote regenerative and restorative strategies and minimize the negative environmental and human health consequences of the construction industry, and provide high-quality indoor environments for building occupants. LEED certification demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Learn more at usgbc.org/leed.