LEED and leadership: Building a greener future in China

Published on: 
5 Sep 2017
Author: 
Joe Crea

China’s commitment to green building, stated explicitly in President Xi Jingping’s 13th Five Year Plan (FYP), is significant. The government of China sees clearly the importance of building sustainably. As such, the nation has rapidly moved to the forefront of sustainable development.

With the backing and support of visionary companies, Chinese business leadership is also committing to greening every aspect of its ongoing developments—from commercial offices and industrial centers to high-rise residential communities to the retail, recreation and transportation structures that support them.

USGBC is delighted that LEED has played a significant role in helping China’s leaders realize important benchmarks in green building, and we are helping China achieve key objectives in its ambitious 13th FYP. Through hard work, sound investment and dedication to the sustainability of our planet, China has realized some tremendous milestones using LEED.

Now, as we move closer to the October 17 opening of the inaugural Greenbuild China, we spotlight 10 of those breakthrough events for you:

  1. April 2013: Shanghai EXPO UBPA Development becomes the first LEED Platinum project certified under Neighborhood Development in greater China.
  2. September 2013: Haworth Showroom in the LEED Platinum Parkview Green building in Beijing becomes the world’s first LEED v4 project.
  3. January 2014: The first LEED home in China is announced.
  4. August 2015: Nike’s Logistics Center becomes the first LEED Platinum warehouse in China.
  5. December 2015: The world’s second largest building, Shanghai Tower, achieves LEED Platinum certification.
  6. May 2016: The Glumac Shanghai Office T1 becomes the first LEED Platinum building certified under LEED v4 not just in China, but also in East Asia.
  7. March 2017: China certifies its 1,000th building using LEED.
  8. March 2017: China is named the largest market for LEED outside the United States.
  9. April 2017: Parkview Green is the first project in China to adopt Arc.
  10. June 2017: Johnson Controls’ Asia Pacific Headquarters achieves both LEED Platinum and EDGE certifications.

Though these are just 10 of China’s many LEED milestones, they represent important green building events for an ascendant country that is moving rapidly to address critical social and environmental challenges. If you would like to learn more about the people and projects that are helping China to sustainably meet its present and future development needs, please join us in Shanghai for Greenbuild China. On October 17 and 18, come see how China’s green building industry and the LEED rating system are aligning to build a more sustainable future for all.

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