USGBC names top Chinese provinces, municipalities for LEED

USGBC names top Chinese provinces, municipalities for LEED

Graphic courtesy of USGBC

Illustrating that green building has become commonplace worldwide, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of the LEED green building rating system, this week unveiled the Top 10 Provinces and Municipalities for LEED in mainland China. 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the world's most widely used green building rating system. The top 10 is an annual ranking from USGBC that highlights areas in mainland China that have made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation over the past year, according to a release. 

China is the No. 1 market in the world for LEED green building projects outside the United States, officials said.

The ranking is based on green building projects that were LEED certified in 2016. Beijing surpassed Shanghai, which held the top spot for 2015, as the leader in new LEED-certified space with more than two million gross square meters (GSM). The 10 provinces and municipalities that made the list are geographically, demographically and economically diverse. 

Five of the top 10 -- Shanghai, Guangdong, Tianjin, Zhejiang and Jiangsu -- are based within the developed coastal region. Sichuan represents the western inland region, while Liaoning represents the northeast. Hubei efforts demonstrate the progress made across central China and Jiangxi leads the southeast.

"We have a simple vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation, where buildings, communities and cities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the organization that certifies all LEED projects worldwide. "China is an important engine for green growth and the Chinese business leaders and policymakers are helping drive the adoption of green business practices in this key market. By using LEED, China can continue to broaden its reach in the global market as LEED is a universal language of sustainability used by leaders across the world."

In China, there are more than 1,150 LEED-certified projects totaling more than 42 million square meters. Used widely by Fortune 500 companies and multinationals, LEED is a powerful economic development tool for revitalizing and advancing sustainable communities in ways that deliver financial, economic and environmental benefits, the release said. 

LEED-certified projects use 25 percent less energy, 11 percent less water, create less waste and are healthier for occupants. China's dedication to LEED mirrors an increasing level of environmental awareness and governmental focus on sustainable development. With continuing concerns over air quality, new targets have been set by the Chinese government to lower the levels of PM2.5 air pollutants. The Chinese government also aims to cut coal consumption in its total energy use and increase the adoption and share of clean energy usage.


Topics: Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Construction Firms, Data Centers - Mission Critical Information Centers, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Trends and Statistics, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council


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