New report shows green building growth for Brazilian economy

Published 15/08/2016

Brazil’s green-building sector continues to grow, seeing a 30 percent increase in the use of the LEED green building rating system over last year, according to a new U.S. Green Building Council report.

The 2016 LEED in Motion: Brazil report was released at the annual GreenBuilding Brasil International Conference and Expo in São Paulo, Brazil.

“The many projects pursuing LEED certification have dramatically helped Brazil grow its green economy. We’re proud of our contribution to Brazil’s green building surge and the corresponding ripple effect across the entire region,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, COO of the USGBC and president of the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). “As the world’s leading standard for sustainable building design, construction and operations, LEED helps innovative Brazilian business and political leaders attract new foreign investment, increase the competitiveness of real estate portfolios and position the nation as a world leader in the burgeoning green building economy.”

This timeliness of the report examines recent and significant gains in the application of green building techniques throughout Brazil, and even stronger year-over-year growth in the nation’s use of USGBC’s LEED rating system, the world’s most widely used green building rating program. The report notes that, despite turbulent times in Brazil’s economic history, growth in the number of LEED registrations is the strongest it has been in nearly a decade. Today, there are currently 1,114 projects participating in LEED in Brazil, encompassing more than 32 million gross square meters of LEED space.

The report also offers timely insights and perspectives from prominent industry professionals and highlights impressive LEED projects such as the Nike Factory Store in Novo Hamburgo, Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, the CYK building and the Quem Disse Berenice store, both in São Paulo.

LEED is a program for navigating complex, sometimes competing, building and environmental issues affecting humans worldwide. Every day, more than 170,000 gross square meters of space is LEED-certified in more than 160 countries and territories. More than 79,600 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 1.4 billion square meters of construction space. With specific achievement paths built in, LEED is designed for use in various building types in a variety of climates and localities, often synching with local laws and requirements.

LEED in Motion: Brazil is the latest in a series of reports from USGBC designed to provide a holistic snapshot of the green building movement in international markets. The report equips green building advocates with the insight and perspective to understand the use of the globally recognized LEED rating system and to make a strong case for sustainable building activity.