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Can green building make China’s cities more competitive?

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="18127" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="20"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] By Christopher Gray [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']N[/dropcaps]ovember’s historic climate change agreement between China and the United States provides the green building community with another opportunity to evaluate our movement’s importance to China’s long-term economic and environmental forecast. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has already become a major driver of market transformation in China, but how does green building fit into the complex puzzle of China’s overarching economic and demographic trends? Now that President Xi Jinping has signaled the full extent of China’s commitment to combating climate change and greening its economy, several questions remain regarding the long-term strategic direction that China should take to ensure that it reaches its ambitious goals. Given current conditions and projections, it is clear that China’s best chance of reaching its goal of capping carbon emissions by the year 2030 is to focus on a rapid green transformation of its urban centers. The most logical first step in this process would be to focus on the transformation of China’s built environment, not only in established international cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, but also in China’s emerging...

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International Market Briefs

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="16610" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Green building data from around the world.   [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']C[/dropcaps]urious to know how other countries fare in their sustainable-building efforts? As USGBC looks overseas to foster further momentum to transform the built environment, we have launched the latest real-time data platform: international market briefs. To complement the U.S. state market briefs released in the spring, these new data snapshots illustrate what LEED looks like in countries around the globe. So even if your favorite country’s soccer team didn’t win the World Cup, check out what kind of points that nation is scoring for green building. Visit usgbc.org/advocacy/country-market-brief, then choose a country from the list, and the brief will reveal the most up-to-date information. You can hover over any point on a graph to get specific information. The market briefs can also be printed and shared in PDF format.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="60"][vc_column_text] PREVIOUS[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="16611" alignment="right" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="large"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Top 10 Countries for LEED Outside the U.S.

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="16155" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" thickness="80"][vc_column_text] LEED, found in 140+ countries, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.   [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']A[/dropcaps]s it continues to scale internationally, USGBC is continually developing resources and building out support to ensure that LEED can be applied in any geographic area, and also keeping tabs on areas of growth. Take a look at which countries outside of the United States have the largest LEED presence, ranked by millions of gross square meters (GSM) of LEED-certified project space.   GROSS SQUARE METERS (GSM) ARE REPORTED IN MILLIONS. * Total includes certified and registered projects.  ** India’s numbers are current as of October 2013 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][image_with_text image="16209"][/image_with_text][vc_column_text] AS OF APRIL 2014 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] PREVIOUS [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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