Posts tagged ‘U.S. Green Building Council’

August 18, 2015, 2:19 pm

Top 10 Countries for LEED® Green Building

August 18_Top 10 Countries for LEED ImageThe U.S. Green Building Council released its annual ranking of the Top 10 countries for LEED® outside of the U.S.

The countries are ranked by the gross square meters (GSM) and number of LEED projects in their respective nations. Canada takes the lead with over 26 million GSM of LEED space. Canada also boasts over 4,814 LEED-registered and LEED-certified projects.

The list also includes several developing countries, such as China and India, which are projected to be the largest contributors to climate change in the coming years. Their inclusion on the list shows the growth of green building and the importance of LEED in controlling emissions and staving off global warming.

Although the list focuses on countries outside of the U.S., the U.S. remains the largest market for sustainable building and construction.

Here are the other countries leading the world in green building:

  1. Canada
  2. China
  3. India
  4. Brazil
  5. Republic of Korea
  6. Germany
  7. Taiwan
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. Turkey
  10. Sweden

Check out the full ranking.

March 4, 2015, 9:53 am

Top 10 States for LEED®

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED®. The list ranks the states based on the per-capita square footage of LEED-certified commercial and institutional projects. Illinois topped the list for the second year in a row.

Here are the states that are leading the nation in green building today:
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  1. Illinois
  2. Colorado
  3. Maryland
  4. Virginia
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Hawaii
  7. California
  8. Georgia
  9. Minnesota
  10. Arizona, New York (tie)

Click here for the full ranking and here to learn about USGBC’s rating system, LEED v4.

August 13, 2014, 11:44 am

USGBC Expands Online Data Visualization Resource

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Back in April, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the launch of its U.S. online data visualization resource – a comprehensive, easy-to-understand platform that provides extensive information on the green building marketplace by state.

On July 9, based on the success of the U.S. platform, the USGBC announced the release of an international version of the online resource. The new edition not only allows users to access aggregated LEED® green building project information for the U.S., but provides facts and figures for more than 150 countries with LEED projects underway.

The international market briefs include such details as:

  • LEED projects by owner sector.

  • Number of LEED-registered and –certified projects.

  • In-market LEED credentialed professionals and USGBC members.

  • Rating system and space type for all countries with building projects participating in the LEED green building rating system.

The expanded resource comes as a response to the global surge of LEED projects in recent years. Gross commercial square footage certified outside the U.S. by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) rose from 156 million to 176 million square feet from 2012 to 2013, while more than 648 million square feet of commercial space is LEED certified outside the U.S. today, according to the USGBC.

As a long-time member of the USGBC, we’re excited to see such a valuable resource expanded to the international level. Click here to view the USGBC press release.

December 4, 2013, 10:52 am

GSA Now Recognizes Green Globes Alongside LEED as Recommended Certification Program


The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has announced that Green Globes® is now recognized by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) alongside LEED® as the two recommended third-party certification systems for the federal government to use to gauge the performance of its buildings.

Ray Tonjes, chairman of GBI and president of Ray Tonjes Builder, Austin, Texas, says this new GSA recognition is “representative of our achievements in providing a comprehensive, transparent and consensus-driven rating system and product line to the market.”

We’ve been strong supporters of the Green Globes program and, through our membership in the U.S. Green Building Council, of LEED as well. Mark Kuntz, Mitsubishi Electric’s vice president of marketing and engineered solutions, was recently appointed to GBI’s board of directors. Also, Mitsubishi Electric is currently in the process of receiving certification under the Green Globes standard for our new corporate offices that opened earlier this year in Suwanee, Ga.

According to GBI, its growth in the market is due to its commitment to the practicality of its tools for use by building owners, designers and facility managers as well as its commitment to open, consensus-based review of its technical criteria. GBI remains steadfast in using the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved consensus procedures and in 2010, it was recognized for developing Green Globes for New Construction as the first ever American National Standard for a commercial building rating system.

July 8, 2013, 4:57 pm

Green Globes Announces Significant Upgrades

While LEED®, the standard developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, has led the charge in sustainable building practices for years, Green Globes®, a program of the Green Building Initiative (GBI), is quickly emerging. The Green Globes program gives construction professionals an alternative to LEED certification, one that GBI claims is a more streamlined and affordable way to advance the environmental performance of commercial buildings.

July 8_Kuntz Green Globes Image 1GBI, a nonprofit that promotes practical approaches to green building, recently announced the most significant upgrades to its Green Globes for New Construction (Green Globes NC) program since it first became available in the U.S. in 2006. This Web-based program for green building guidance and certification includes on-site assessment by third-party experts.

Mitsubishi Electric is no stranger to the Green Globes program. Our own Mark Kuntz, vice president of marketing and engineered solutions, was recently named to the Board of Directors of GBI, solidifying our commitment to the organization. For years, Mitsubishi Electric’s cooling and heating systems have been used by professionals seeking Green Globes certification for their commercial buildings. Our own new headquarters in Suwanee, Ga., is currently pursuing certification under the Green Globes standard.

To read more about Green Globes and GBI, visit An informative white paper on the new program is available for download here.

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