Tuesday, April 18, 2017

UN Habitat Report Highlights the Global Impact of LEED

UN Habitat reports that LEED is among building rating systems
that promote green building around the world.
Source: USGBC

A new report from United Nations Habitat (UN Habitat) named LEED as an important tool for promoting green building. Because of the contracting and building sector's overarching influence in other markets, rating systems such as LEED can speed along environmental initiatives such as The Paris Agreement and Sustainable Building Goals.

UN Habitat, an international environmental organization, outlined the importance of rating systems such as LEED in its report. Rating systems such as LEED influence the building sector with its incentives for implementing green design. In turn, the building sector increases awareness and demand for environmentally conscious design. By focusing on the social equity as well as environmental integrity, LEED presents itself as an accessible rating system to places that may not have previously had green design.

Although the report states that only a small portion of global buildings have been assessed by such green rating benchmarks, LEED is making headway with projects certified in more than 160 countries. LEED projects include both commercial and residential buildings; the two initiatives, LEED for Neighborhood Development and LEED for Cities are discussed in the report as well.

The report indicates that more research is underway to create sustainable buildings everywhere, especially in low-income countries. The benefits of global LEED initiatives are simple - in countries where resources are already scarce, creative green design maximizes use while minimizing waste.

Echoing the UN Habitat Report, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) presented a map of LEED projects around the world. With projects spanning all continents, LEED is definitely a forerunner in the global push toward green design.

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