Proud Green Building (04/05/17)
LEED is one of the rating systems that promote green building worldwide, according to a new UN Habitat report. Because of the potential for the building sector to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda, UN Habitat supports scientific, accurate, and meaningful buildings assessment tools, such as LEED, to influence the sector's complex stakeholders, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Only a very small portion of buildings worldwide have been assessed or benchmarked, and UN Habitat calls for more research to close the gap in green building demand, especially in low-income countries. The UN Habitat report provides an introduction to the field of sustainable construction, with an emphasis on housing. The report focuses on the life cycle assessment and the need for reliable data to develop such analysis, as well as distinctions in the extent to which various rating systems incorporate life cycle assessment. The UN Habitat report estimates LEED has projects certified in more than 160 countries for commercial and residential construction.