LEEDing the Way
If you’re at all in tune with the industry of architecture and building design, chances are good that you’ve probably noticed a significant upsurge in news about the critically acclaimed international standard for design, construction and operation of high-performance structures. However, you have probably associated this concept with a more commonly used term – LEED certification.
Among the USGBC’s 12,000-member organizations, there are more than 90,000 commercial projects participating in LEED, taking over 19 billion square feet of construction space. Thanks to LEED professional credential holders in all 50 states and 167 countries and territories, the mission of the LEED green building program has transformed the market.
If you aren’t already familiar with this growing trend, it’s time to start reading up on how sustainable design trends are being implemented by the world’s most innovative and economically thriving countries.
Sustainable Design Trends and Green Construction on the World Stage
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recognizes the need for Green Solutions to address the environmental challenges faced by our society – a fact further supported by the United Nation’s prediction of urban share rising to 70% by the year 2050 with the emergence of megacities of 10-20 million residents.
Because green building practices are directly related to energy efficiency, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient economy (ACEEE) developed the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard to encourage state-level policy makers to build stronger and more resilient communities. This year, ACEEE will implement a performance index that looks beyond the original scorecard code (50-point scale across six categories, with 30 total sub metrics) to recognize a more diversified approach among each state.
This scoring scale pushes for more stringent building energy codes, improved code compliance and the involvement of efficiency program administrators in code support.
In 2017, Massachusetts ranked No. 1 on the scorecard, with California coming in at a close second.
Aside from the U.S., other economic strongholds such as China have adopted aggressive strategies to increase their rankings in this space. By 2020, green building space in China is expected to reach two billion square meters. This is a significant increase from current estimates of 600 million square meters of green building space spread across more than 300 cities
48 million square meters of projects across 54 cities have been LEED-certified, which makes China the global leader in LEED projects outside of the U.S. This signifies a compound annual growth rate of 77 percent for LEED-certified projects in the country.
With rapid urbanization and natural resource stresses significantly shaping urban redevelopment, architects must take better building approaches if we are to continually sustain our neighborhoods and communities in the decades to come.
With this mission at its core, LEED recognizes the following goals: protecting biodiversity, promoting sustainable and regenerative material resources cycles, and enhancing quality of life, among others.
Recently, LEED unveiled LEED v4, designed to provide flexibility, a performance-based approach, a smart grid approach, expanded focus on materials and resources, a comprehensive approach to water efficiency, and a streamlined documentation process. You can learn more about the LEED v4 initiative here.
America Training Solutions
America Training Solutions (ATS) is in touch with all the latest trends in architecture, design, Green Construction, sustainable design, and renewable energy. Amid a global community of over 7 billion people and counting, building practices and strategies to anticipate growth must be highly proactive.
ATS offers live seminars all over the country in professional and convenient locations, which address the latest in innovative building technologies, products, and techniques. Architects, designers, and LEED professionals will receive up to 8 CE credits in one day-long seminar with the unique opportunity to ask questions and discuss projects and concepts with industry leaders.
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