As the green building practice is primarily a response to global climate change, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 1994 as the main vehicle to promote sustainable design and construction.
Today, LEED is the most accepted standard and widely recognized international green building rating program.
Green building intention is to reduce negative impacts of the built environment and city development on future generations.
The initial challenge was to come up with a definition of green building and to develop measuring standards for sustainability based on those definitions. Hence, USGBC a non-profit community of leaders, was founded to address a common dialogue on green building practices.
Affirmed By Science and Technology
One of the six guiding principles of USGBC in creating the LEED framework is maintaining integrity, through the use of technical and scientific data as a guide in decision making. The core principle of LEED alone is founded deeply on science and technology. USGBC worked with both the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency which provides services on technology measurement and standards, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for environmental impact categories.
World Green Building Council
With the highly successful response of LEED as a well-known international standard for green building rating system, USGBC sought to form the World Green Building Council in 1999 with other national councils. The World Green Building Council mission is to facilitate the global transformation of the building industry towards sustainability by providing industry proven framework for other countries to further adapt into regional priorities. The idea is to advocate the international dialogue on the green building practices.
Currently the World Green Building Council approved the application of its 93 member organization from different countries all over the world.
According to the USGBC website, LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries. International projects, those outside the United States, make up more than 50% of the total LEED registered square footage. LEED unites us in a single global community and provides regional solutions, while recognizing local realities.
Future Green Building Projects in Asia
With this unity for a global community of green practitioners, it is predicted that in the coming years, more and more building and construction projects would rapidly spread to adopt this internationally recognized green building practice framework.
While the APEC cross-border professional practice recognition program is underway, soon there will be an open market of property owners and builders working together adopting the worldwide standard of green building practices.
The essentials of having a green building framework thereby is to:
- Advocate for an international exchange and recognition of green building practice rather than regional isolation
- Enhance framework integrity as maintained through science and technology principles which can be measured, verified, and monitored
- Gather together knowledgeable and internationally accredited leaders in steering the green building practices in each country
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