Green Shoots Blog
More and more countries around the globe are going the extra mile to make their buildings lean, mean and green.
In an effort to bolster their eco-reputations, beautify cities, and save money on energy and utilities, nations like Madagascar and South Korea are encouraging new construction projects to incorporate high-efficiency designs and renewable materials.
According to the New York Times, many foreign countries are now shooting for certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system known as LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This system encourages sustainable green building and development practices by establishing a set of accepted tools and performance criteria.
LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:
– Sustainable site development
– Water savings
– Energy efficiency
– Materials selection
– Indoor environmental quality
The USGBC reports that of all the combined square feet registered with LEED over the past two years, about 40% lie beyond U.S. borders. Foreign countries with the most LEED-certified and registered buildings (Certified refers to completed LEED-accredited structures, while registered refers to projects that are working toward certification.) are China, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico and Germany.
For LEED certification a little closer to home, all Cali Bamboo flooring, plywood and fencing qualify for LEED credits (MR Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials), and almost all our products can be ordered with ultra low VOC adhesives (satisfying IEQ Credit 4: Low-Emitting Materials).
Learn more about getting your project LEED-certified here.