Hesse, Germany Named Top State in Germany with Most LEED Certified Green Buildings

Sarah Stanley

USGBC releases “Top 10” for LEED at EXPO REAL conference this week

Berlin, Germany (9 October 2018) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named Hesse as the top state in Germany with the highest number of LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified green buildings. Hesse is home to nearly 3 million GSM of building space comprising 95 LEED certified projects. Following very closely is Bavaria with 66 LEED certified projects comprising 1.3 million GSM of building space.

Germany is a booming market for green building,” said Kay Killmann, Managing Director, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) Europe. “There more than 750 buildings across my home country of Germany that are using LEED. Building owners are using LEED not only to develop healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings but also to mitigate investment risks.”

LEED helped create the definition of a green building and is the world’s most widely used building certification program across the globe, with nearly 100,000 projects certified globally.

The LEED top 10 was released at this week’s EXPO REAL conference in Munich, Europe's largest real estate and investment trade fair.

The full list of top 10 states for LEED in Germany include:

  1. Hesse – 95 projects / 2,935,842 GSM
  2. Bavaria – 66 projects / 1,269,131 GSM
  3. Hamburg – 24 projects / 920,471 GSM
  4. North Rhine-Westphalia– 37 projects / 675,198 GSM
  5. Berlin – 27 projects / 472,758 GSM
  6. Baden-Württemberg – 21 projects / 454,694 GSM
  7. Saxony – 12 projects / 238,216 GSM
  8. Lower Saxony – 6 projects / 103,865 GSM
  9. Rhineland Palatinate – 11 projects / 66,951 GSM
  10. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – 1 project / 56,950 GSM

GBCI Europe was established in 2017 and is headquartered in Munich, to meet the increasing demands of green building in the region. GBCI Europe is helping drive the adoption of green building and business practices, fostering global competitiveness and enhancing environmental performance and human health benefits.

Europe has been a leader of the green building market with tremendous interest and support for LEED. By establishing a local GBCI presence in Europe, USGBC is helping to further facilitate the global growth of a sustainable built environment locally and across the globe.

“Germany is a country of 83 million people, it is the undisputed economic powerhouse of Europe, and it is a nation known for having some of the world's best, most creative professionals in the fields of engineering and design,” added Killmann. “We are also known for our love of nature, which helps ignite the imagination with beautiful new, sustainable designs.”

Examples of LEED-certified projects across Germany include:

  • M-Campus Building West in Munich, pre-certified LEED Platinum v4
  • Transmission GmbH in Berlin, LEED Gold
  • The Nike Factory Stores in Sandersdorf-Brehna and Brunnthanl, both are LEED Certified
  • The Converse Factory Store in Mulheim, LEED Silver
  • Gross & Partner Grundstuecksentwicklungs in Frankfurt, LEED Gold
  • FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Frankfurt, LEED Gold
  • Boeblingen Elementary and High School, LEED Silver
  • Starbucks FOC Hamburg in Schleswig-Holstein, LEED Certified
  • Kaiserslautern High School in Vogelweh, LEED Silver

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