Last week, GBCI, the certifying body for all projects participating in the globally recognized LEED green building rating system, opened its newest office in Europe. LEED certification continues to grow throughout the region, and I am pleased to take on the role of director for the GBCI Europe office in Munich.
In conjunction with the launch, GBCI released LEED in Motion: Europe, an overview of LEED growth in the region that also provides important insight on the market.
Within the GBCI family, LEED remains the core offering. After 17 years, LEED truly is a long-term contributor to Europe’s green building movement. This latest report includes a well-researched snapshot of the state of green building in Europe and highlights the more than one billion square feet of LEED space that exists from the over 5,200 LEED European projects.
Since global green building is expected to double every three years, LEED in Motion: Europe offers strategies for integrating LEED into buildings and cities to help improve environmental performance, as well as human health and well-being. This report also introduces Arc, a new, state-of-the-art digital performance platform that allows any project—whether a single building, a community or an entire city—to monitor performance across key building systems for energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience.
Several projects are profiled in LEED in Motion, including the LEED Silver Vodafone Village in Milan, Italy; the LEED Platinum Siemens Headquarters in Munich, Germany; and the LEED Gold Klara Zenit in Stockholm, Sweden. Of special note is the Regional Solutions for Europe section, which explains how the LEED credit system is being adapted to further increase its relevance to European buildings.
Also, because one of our top priorities is to educate new building professionals on LEED strategies for new and existing buildings, the report offers current information on the nature and value of LEED professional credentials.
Globally, more than 165 countries and territories use LEED, and it has become the most widely used green building rating system in the world. In Europe, LEED’s relevance is due, in part, to how the rating system has evolved to address the needs of our own building community. LEED-certified projects can be found in Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
GBCI Europe will provide outstanding on-the-ground customer support for these countries, serving as an operational hub to deliver full-service onsite certification and verification not only for LEED, but also for GBCI’s expanding portfolio of sustainable building frameworks and their corresponding professional credentials, including PEER, SITES, GRESB, ICP, Parksmart and Zero Waste.