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We know. It’s been ages since we've connected with our fellow readers but Maggie, my office wife and copilot, has not stopped nagging me to get a post up. So here we are!

Since it's been some time we’ll jump right in, but first some breaking news:

  • USGBC and TERI Collaboration: Today, USGBC and TERI inked a deal to be strategic partners in India — the third largest market for LEED. The collaboration was confirmed during a multi-city visit to India with USGBC executives who are there to meet with LEED professionals and key clients. The trip begins in New Delhi, then it’s on to Mumbai and finally Bangalore. Stay tuned for more news this week and follow us with the hashtag: #LEEDWorks.

Now on to news from around the world.


  • USGBC recently announced an expansion of support for LEED in India that includes LEED Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) to meet local and regional needs in India and the establishment of a hub in New Delhi to provide on-the-ground support. Additionally, GBCI will be certifying all projects in India as it currently does for all LEED projects worldwide. 


  • LEED continues to meet mainland China’s local and regional demands. 
  • In mainland China, LEED can be found in 29 of the 34 provinces according to our new report, LEED in Motion: Greater China
  • Coca-Cola is investing in a $100 million dollar plant in Heilongjiang, China, and they are pursuing LEED Silver certification. 
  • Senior leadership made a good case for why projects should pursue LEED along with local and regional rating systems. 
  • EMSI certified their 100th LEED project in Greater China. 
  • USGBC announced that it would waive all LEED certification fees for the first three projects in mainland China that earn LEED v4 Platinum certification, as part of USGBC’s LEED Earth campaign. This campaign is applied to one project per province for the first three out of mainland China’s 34 provinces. To date, mainland China is home to Haworth Showroom, the first project worldwide to certify under LEED v4.  



  • Canada is the number one market for LEED outside the U.S. according to our new report, LEED in Motion: Canada. Additionally, LEED has become even more relevant for the Canadian market with the release of new ACPs. 
  • Target announced that all 124 stores opened in Canada in 2013 have achieved LEED-certification. Approved
  • Home is where the LEED is. Our new LEED in Motion: Residential report is out and Canada is a top three country for LEED for Homes certified units. 


  • The majority of registered LEED projects in Sweden consistently go on to achieve the highest tiers of LEED certification, with 23 percent of all certified projects earning Platinum certification and 67 percent achieving Gold, according to LEED in Motion: Sweden.
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