Japan: GBJ & USGBC‬ collaboration on accelerating ‪LEED‬ in the country

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Green Building Japan (GBJ) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced a collaboration to further implement LEED v4 in Japan, the latest version of the LEED building program. GBJ and USGBC have begun a pilot test of a new Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) for Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) control that will allow Japanese projects to maintain designated smoking rooms in LEED v4 projects.

Although LEED is considered to be the benchmark of the global green building rating system, Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operation Officer of USGBC and also the President of the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), comments that as all LEED projects are local, the system is applicable for regional and local markets to use.

USGBC and GBJ will engage directly with Japanese LEED project teams, aiming to provide a solution for the Japanese building market. ACP is able to give benefits such as the flexibility to explore innovative solutions that account for variance in climate, codes, standard, culture and law in the 150+ countries for LEED users.

Shigeru Urashima, co-founder and co-chair of the board of Green Building Japan also added that through the collaboration, the ACP is able create new opportunities in Japan’s market for LEED.

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