Joseph Crea

Today, Green Building Japan (GBJ) and USGBC introduced new, translated materials designed to further accelerate the adoption of LEED v4, the latest version of the LEED building program, and increase future capacity for greening Japan’s built environment.  

As part of their ongoing collaboration, GBJ and USGBC released Japanese versions of the LEED v4 Green Associate Candidate Handbook and the LEED Green Associate exam. The new materials will further educate professionals in Japan about the principles of building green while accelerating future capacity to prepare workers for competitive jobs in the booming green economy. Professionals who earn their LEED Green Associate credential have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices and are committed to their professional future.

“Greening the environment and educating our future leaders in order to build capacity in the marketplace is critical to carrying out our mission of global market transformation of the built environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer, USGBC and President, GBCI. “USGBC is committed to reinforcing to markets around the world that LEED is a global green building rating system with regional and local applicability.”

“Today, GBJ and USGBC hit another major milestone together," said Shigeru Urashima, co-founder and co-chair of the board of Green Building Japan. “Thanks to volunteering efforts by Contents Working Group at GBJ, we successfully reduced the first part of the biggest barrier, language, and are ready to grow with many potential players for market transformation.”

As part of the ongoing collaboration, GBJ and USGBC announced earlier this year a pilot test of a new Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) for Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) control that will allow qualifying Japanese projects to maintain designated smoking rooms in LEED projects. Smoking regulations in Japan are unique, as they control smoking activity both inside and outside buildings. Japanese law prohibits smoking on certain streets and in various public spaces and restricts smoking activity in buildings to designated specially designed areas. The new pilot ACP offers a pathway for LEED projects in Japan.