13 November 2013 — The US Green Building Council has released the second of its LEED in Motion report series: Places and Policies, which states there are now close to 60,000 LEED green building projects across the globe, spanning 10.6 billion square feet (close to one billion square metres).
LEED in Motion: Places and Policies details the global, regional and local growth of LEED and outlines the policies and mechanisms supporting it.
“LEED was not designed with a single paradigm, project or country in mind,” said president, chief executive and founding chair of the USGBC Rick Fedrizzi.
“It’s adaptable and flexible and changes with the market. And it’s a testament to the leaders around the world who use it.”
The first section of the report showcased statistics and graphics on LEED projects and areas of growth around the world.
In the US, the 45,745 commercial LEED projects were responsible for diverting more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, expected to grow to 540 million tons of waste diversion by 2030, the report stated.
Compared to an average building, the report stated LEED buildings consumed 25 per cent less energy, 11 per cent less water, had 19 per cent lower maintenance costs, 27 per cent higher occupant satisfaction and 34 per cent less greenhouse gas emission.
Canada led the way in LEED projects outside the US with 4375 projects, followed by India with 1586, China with 1282, the United Arab Emirates with 816 and Brazil with 717 LEED-certified green building projects.
“USGBC is committed to bringing LEED to every country in the world, meeting the demands of a rapidly evolving global marketplace and working to ensure the flexibility of LEED for all markets, climates and a range of building projects across the globe,” the report stated.
The second section examined domestic and international policies and partnerships that supported the framework of LEED.
There were over 400 localities that had LEED-specific policies in place. Globally, there were nearly 100 green building councils in various stages of development, a LEED International Roundtable with members from 30 countries and the newly launched Alternative Compliance Paths and Regional Priority Credits for LEED, which the report said provided flexible, regionally-focused approaches to LEED credits for projects outside the US.
“LEED is a global phenomenon,” said senior vice president of LEED, USGBC Scot Horst. “People spend 90 per cent of their lives indoors; a healthy, resource-friendly and environmentally sound indoor environment contributes to the health, happiness and wellbeing of people and is something people from countries across the globe are finding value in.”
USGBC will release the final LEED in Motion report, Impacts and Innovation, later this year.