Regional variations of credits obtained by LEED 2009 certified green buildings - a country level analysis

Wu, Peng, Song, Yongze, Wang, Jun, Wang, Xiangyu, Zhao, Xianbo and He, Qinghua 2018, Regional variations of credits obtained by LEED 2009 certified green buildings - a country level analysis, Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 1, doi: 10.3390/su10010020.

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Title Regional variations of credits obtained by LEED 2009 certified green buildings - a country level analysis
Author(s) Wu, Peng
Song, Yongze
Wang, Jun
Wang, Xiangyu
Zhao, Xianbo
He, Qinghua
Journal name Sustainability
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Article ID 20
Total pages 18
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018
ISSN 2071-1050
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Green & Sustainable Science & Technology
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
green building
regional variation
regional priority
Summary © 2017 by the authors. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most widely recognized green building rating systems. With more than 20% of the projects certified in non-United States (US) countries, LEED's global impact has been increasing and it is critically important for developers and regulatory authorities to understand LEED's performance at the country level to facilitate global implementation. This study therefore aims to investigate the credit achievement pattern of LEED 2009, which is one of the well-developed versions of LEED, by using 4021 certified projects in the US, China, Turkey, and Brazil. The results show that significant differences can be identified on most rating categories, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Using a post hoc analysis, country-specific credit allocation patterns are also identified to help developers to understand existing country-specific green building practices. In addition, it is also found that there is unbalanced achievement of regional priority credits. The study offers a useful reference and benchmark for international developers and contractors to understand the regional variations of LEED 2009 and for regulatory authorities, such as the U.S. Green Building Council, to improve the rating system, especially on designing regional priority credits.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/su10010020
Field of Research 12 Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
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