The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that a new set of Global Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) are now available for all commercial projects pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification using the 2009 versions of the rating systems.
According to the USGBC, Global ACPs offer a flexible method for projects around the world to demonstrate compliance with the LEED credits that are traditionally more challenging for projects outside of the U.S. The USGBC adds that LEED certifications cover 186,000 square meters of commercial building space each day, comprising more than 49,100 LEED-certified and registered projects in 135 countries.
‘Global consistency and a regional approach mean providing flexibility in referenced standards while ensuring that LEED certification signifies the same level of excellence worldwide,’ says Scot Horst, the USGBC's senior vice president for LEED. ‘By focusing on global standards and solutions, these Alternative Compliance Paths make LEED increasingly flexible and ensure a common language for all green buildings.’