USGBC to work with international certifying group
Two sustainable construction certification organizations announced they will work to boost adoption of such standards around the world.
French testing firm Bureau Veritas said will review international projects seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council to ensure compliance with Green Business Certification Inc. standards.
The GBCI is the council’s official certification organization. It judges projects for green HVAC, zero energy building and related practices.
“GBCI and Bureau Veritas will be able to offer local touch points, local reviews, possible on site verifications and other resources for green building teams on the ground,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, the USGBC’s chief operating officer and president of the GBCI. “Through this collaboration, we will be able to more closely connect with our customers, which will help accelerate the adoption of green building practices and deliver their benefits to these key economies.”
Bureau Veritas will soon have local LEED review teams in China, Brazil and India, officials said.
“Our objective is a seamless customer experience for LEED users and project teams,” said Gerard Biessy, vice president of building and infrastructure at Bureau Veritas. “We are investing considerable resources into our local capacity building and the integration of GBCI processes.”