This article was previously published in Mexico by Inmobiliare as "Predicting the Future: How Sustainability will Reshape Real Estate Development and Investment in Mexico by 2020." Read the original article in Spanish.
The meeting room at SUMe’s (Sustentabilidad para México) LEED Platinum headquarters was packed this week for a sold-out workshop on a new green building tool that is catalyzing mass-market transformation: EDGE (“Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies”). Many of the professionals in attendance have helped make Mexico the seventh largest market for green building in the world. Now, they are continuing to uphold their commitment to building a sustainable future for Mexico by learning the ins and outs of the EDGE rating system.
Guatemala City, Guatemala—Retail real estate is about to get a major makeover in Latin America. Investors, national REITS, and Latin American developers are replacing aging and energy-inefficient shopping centers with new, LEED-certified spaces. Driving that change are the demands of the growing middle class for an urban destination featuring shopping, leisure and entertainment in a safe and comfortable environment.
Energy efficiency improvements in the building sector can yield significant financial and environmental benefits included reduced energy costs, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, improved occupant health and increased local employment. However, long standing market and policy barriers stand in the way of achieving these potential benefits at scale. Latin America, facing increasing populations in urban cities, could reduce global energy demand by one-third if available energy efficiency best practices were implemented widely.
Mexico City: It’s a place famous for its pre-Colombian civilizations, its cuisine and culture, and as the megacity once ranked as the #1 most polluted city in the world.
LEED professionals are key leaders of the green building industry. Earning a LEED professional credential—including the LEED Green Associate; LEED AP (Accredited Professional); LEED Fellow and various certificate designations—denotes qualified expertise in green building. LEED professional credentials mean much more than just a professional accolade; those who earn them form a network of committed green building practitioners across an array of industries.
With USGBC executives and staff in Mexico this week to discuss green buildings and the future of LEED, as well as to host a LEED technical workshop, we are pleased to present a new report, LEED in Motion: Mexico.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! It may not be the real Mexican Independence Day (that’s Sept. 16), but it’s still a great opportunity to take a look at the LEED green building activity taking place in our neighbor to the south.