USGBC’s mission is to bring the environmental and human health benefits of green buildings to all, and it is committed to accelerating the adoption of LEED in new and existing markets.
LEED Earth offers certification at no cost to the first Platinum project in any country to certify using the newest version of LEED (v4). It also offers free certification to the first project to be LEED-certified in one of the more than 100 countries where LEED has yet to take root.
The LEED Earth Project Pioneers series spotlights those who have set a new standard of green building leadership in their countries, sharing both the successes achieved and challenges navigated.
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, boasts the distinction of being home to the only LEED-certified building in the country. The Luminary, a privately held office building, was certified LEED Gold in February 2016, marking a turning point for Tanzania’s building and design industry.
This 66,106-square-foot space is located on Haile Selassie Road in the peninsula region of Dar Es Salaam, the fastest-growing city in Africa. The architectural team and ESTIM Construction set their sights on achieving LEED early on, and their strong focus on pursuing the targeted LEED score “guided project participants to think beyond conventional and has imparted lifelong learnings,” said Ashutosh Gupta, senior project manager at EDS Global, New Delhi, and project consultant. “Being first in Tanzania, the project has inspired many in the construction fraternity to think sustainably.”
The Luminary was certified under the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) rating system for Core and Shell, and it’s expected that the building will cut electricity bills annually by 10 percent. It’s designed to block different angles of the sun at different times of the day, which helps cool the space while still maximizing daylighting and quality views for occupants.
The project received full points for regional priority credits, and it sits on a previously developed site that’s well connected to the city’s public transportation system and within walking distance of many community features. Seventy-five percent of construction and demolition debris were diverted during the project’s development.
The Luminary has become a torchbearer for all upcoming buildings in the country, steering professionals toward a greener way of contemporary building design, construction and operations for the future.
LEED around the world
Currently, there are 160 countries and territories using LEED. LEED Earth has helped catalyze green building in markets where sustainable building practices are not as prevalent, and is an important first step in steering communities toward a more resilient, healthy and sustainable future.
To date, India, China, Mexico and Canada have certified their first LEED v4 Platinum buildings. Countries that have certified their first LEED building as part of the campaign include Bolivia, Burundi, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Pakistan, Serbia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ukraine and Venezuela.