US Green Building Council commits to scale global sustainable constructions

3 December 2015 (Last Updated December 3rd, 2015 18:30)

US Green Building Council (USGBC) has pledged to undertake more than five billion square feet of sustainable developments over the next five years.

US Green Building Council (USGBC) has pledged to undertake more than five billion square feet of sustainable developments over the next five years.

The intended scaling of green buildings will be done by the council through the LEED and EDGE rating systems.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a global green building rating system, which has projects in more than 150 countries and territories.

"We know that buildings must continue be a key focus area for countries to reach carbon emissions reduction goals."

On the other hand, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) has been designed for developing nations and certifies those new residential and commercial buildings, which incorporate energy and water-saving options in the developments in cost-effective ways.

USGBC president Roger Platt said: "As we gather around the imperatives to address climate change at COP21, we know that buildings must continue be a key focus area for countries to reach carbon emissions reduction goals.

"By encouraging the use of green building rating systems like LEED and EDGE in both the public and private sectors, countries can log immediate and measurable reductions of these emissions as their building stock uses less energy and water, creates less waste, saves money and creates a healthier environment for everyone."

Nearly one-third of global emissions are being caused by new developments, USGBC said. New green buildings not only help reduce emissions but are also cost-effective.

World Green Building Council CEO Terri Wills said: "The challenge is to build bigger and better and at the same time improve our existing buildings stock.

"And it is commitments like these that will underscore the critical importance of using every tool at our disposal to achieve the two-degree world we need to ensure for our future."