Jane Henley

Former chief executive of the World Green Building Council and New Zealand Green Building Council Jane Henley has been appointed as a senior advisor at the USGBC.

Ms Henley will join the USGBC’s global market development team to provide strategic guidance on development efforts in Asian markets.

“Jane joins our global market development team at such a critical moment,” USGBC chief executive and founding chair Rick Fedrizzi said. “Many Asian countries already embrace LEED and green building practices, but there is so much more to be done to further expand the understanding, acceptance and use of green buildings in new markets. Jane is just the right person to lead this effort, and I know she will have a significant impact on market adoption of green building in the region.”

The USGBC sees use of the LEED tool in Asian markets as a key growth area, particularly in China and India.

In India there are 833 million square feet of LEED-certified space, and ,ainland China is LEED’s second largest market.

“The last 10 years have been focused on our industry organising itself and increasing its capacity to define and deliver green buildings,” Ms Henley said. “The focus in now shifting to the customer.

“We have different ways to define a green building in every country, and as interesting as that is for professionals, it is confusing for the owner and the users who just want to know that their building performs to their expectations. We are now entering an era of convergence, and I look forward to my role in establishing ways to talk about green buildings through a single platform.”

During Ms Henley’s five-year tenure as WorldGBC chief executive, the council expanded from 70 individual country green building councils to 100, with five focused regional hubs.

Prior to that she was chief executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council, and served on the board of the United Nations Environment Programme between 2010 and 2011.