Milan Among the Top 5 Cities in Europe for LEED Green Building

Sarah Stanley

High-performing, sustainable buildings are turning Italy’s financial center green

MILAN — (November 27, 2019) — According to Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) Europe, Milan has emerged as one of the top five cities in Europe for LEED green building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the world’s most widely used green building rating system. Milan has toady more than 80 LEED-certified buildings certification that are helping to reduce carbon emissions and provide healthier environments for people to live and work, and about 130 registered to pursue LEED certification.

“The way we design our buildings, cities and communities impacts our quality of life and the quality of life for generations to come,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of GBCI and USGBC. “Milan’s work with LEED is an example not just to Italy, but to the rest of the European region, and proves that high-performing, sustainable buildings are within our reach. By committing to practices that reduce our impact on the environment and prioritize our health, we can create a better living standard for each and every person.”

“Urban development can no longer ignore the quality of the buildings in terms of sustainability, especially nowadays, when everybody can play a crucial role to face and tackle climate change,” said the Deputy Major for Urban Planning Pierfrancesco Maran. “The recognition of GBCI is indeed a further incentive to do more and work through more performative measures towards this goal. With this perspective, the City Master Plan - recently approved by the City Council in Milan – introduces carbon neutrality for all new construction. Furthermore, the municipality is working to implement, in the next years, the first carbon neutral social housing neighborhood within the Greco rail yard.”

LEED can be applied to virtually any building and interior space and provides a framework for designing, constructing and operating healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. Certification is a symbol of international excellence and indicates that a building has gone above and beyond to ensure it is meeting the highest levels of sustainability.

“The use of LEED across Milan is a signal of the city’s commitment to creating a healthier, more sustainable future for residents and that is something every citizen deserves,” said Kay Killmann, managing director, GBCI Europe. “Our partners are a vital part of advancing this work, which is why we are fortunate to work with organizations like the Urban Land Institute and Green Building Council Italia. Their work along with the work of countless building and design professionals will continue to shape the real estate landscape across the city.”

Italian leaders that have contributed to Milan’s green building growth include the City of Milan and COIMA sgr., whose visionary work integrated tradition with innovation to create relevant urban regeneration initiatives, recognized worldwide, like the Porta Nuova as one of the most iconic.

"In 2005, we registered the first Italian LEED project and since then we have been developing a portfolio that today includes 31 LEED buildings in Milan, representing almost 40 percent of the city's certified projects,” said Manfredi Catella, Founder and CEO, COIMA. “We are committed to creating a sustainable environment and a positive impact on the community by integrating innovation and promoting social inclusion. This is our key strategy, which we believe brings value to our investors and the community in which we operate.”

In Milan, green buildings are a critical solution for reversing the industry’s impact in terms of carbon emission. From hotels and offices to schools and apartments, Milan’s work with LEED sets an example for Europe and proves that better buildings can create a better a quality of life.>

"Urban Land Institute aims to develop urban culture. As ULI Italia we have promoted and will continue to promote moments of transformation, in order to make the real estate community aware of the importance and usefulness of LEED certification, both for private and public clients,” said Davide Albertini Petroni President of ULI Italy.

Next year, Milan’s green building leaders will have an opportunity to join others from across Europe for the third annual Greenbuild Europe conference taking place March 24-25, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. The conference will recognize leaders in the field and provide opportunities for discussion and collaboration that will help shape the future of green building across Europe.

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