Sarah Stanley

China has reached an impressive level of LEED-certified buildings

Beijing, China—(March 22, 2017)—Today, USGBC announced that China has hit a major milestone and surpassed more than 1,000 LEED-certified projects.

“The exponential growth of LEED in the global marketplace and in China drastically helps mitigate climate change and positively affect the health and well-being of millions of people through our built environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. “LEED and other green building programs such as 3-Star have created a path forward for market transformation while changing the way we think about how buildings, communities and cities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated.”

Today there are 1,013 certified LEED commercial projects in mainland China, 139 certified commercial projects in Hong Kong and four certified commercial projects in Macao.

Adding in LEED residential and LEED for Neighborhood Development certified projects brings the total to 1,207 certified projects in Greater China.

Global green building is expected to double every three years, according to a Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report. The report found that emerging economies like China, India and Brazil will be engines of green growth, with development varying from two to six-fold over current green building levels. Increased consumer demand has also pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019.

Earlier this year USGBC also announced that it was bringing its popular Greenbuild Conference to China for the first time ever. It will be held October 17-18, 2017 in Shanghai.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building rating system. The analysis used to develop the list ranks countries in terms of cumulative LEED-certified GSM space as of December 2016. LEED-certified spaces use fewer energy and water resources; save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and prioritize environmental and human health.