The majority of projects in Mexico, for example, are
Core and Shell,” “Existing Building” and “Commer-
cial Interiors.” This may be due to LEED standards
being only more recently adopted by the industry in
Latin America.
India provides rich
opportunity for LEED credit-
driven products and services
Out of the top global markets for LEED system
usage, India presents especially high potential for
products and services that increase a project’s LEED
credits. This is due to the high rating levels targeted
by LEED projects in the Indian market. “Smaller”
products and services that can contribute to a higher
LEED rating include anything from water meters to
green cleaning equipment to special
shields for exterior light fixtures that
reduce light pollution.
According to USGBC data, India
boasts both the sixth highest number
of registered—but still uncertified —
LEED projects in the world (235) and
a relatively high rate of certification at
41%,
on par with developed markets
such as the United Kingdom and Aus-
tria.
In addition, India has the highest
percentage of LEED Platinum certified
projects out of the top global LEED
markets at 38%. LEED Gold certified
projects—the second highest possible
rating—make up another 50% of total
certified projects in India. USGBC
data thus indicates that there is a
clear push in the Indian green build-
ing industry toward achieving not just
LEED certification, but the highest
possible certification available.
Domestic green
building certification
systems limit potential
for LEED use in Europe
While Europe has experienced
rapid overall growth in the use of
LEED standards, entrenched domes-
tic green building certification systems
in European countries present the most significant
challenge to growth in implementation of LEED in
the region. In particular, the UK’s BREEAM and Ger-
many’s DGNB green building systems dominate two
of the region’s largest markets. The potential de-
mand in Europe for US green building products and
services that are engineered to meet LEED-based
standards is thus limited. On the other hand, prod-
ucts and services that can support a wide range of
standards may have opportunity there.
The BREEAM system, originally launched in the UK
in 1990, claims to be “the world’s leading design
and assessment method for sustainable buildings.”
There are 3,345 BREEAM certified projects in the
United Kingdom compared to only 33 LEED certi-
fied projects, indicating that LEED commands just
1%
of the British green building certification market.
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SUSTAINABLE CHICAGO Spring 2014
Project Rating in Top 10
Markets for LEED
Certification
Source: USGBC LEED Project Directory