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WASHINGTON, DC-USGBC has debuted a new set of Global Alternative Compliance Paths, or Global ACPs, for commercial projects pursuing LEED green building certification using the 2009 versions of the rating systems. USGB defines Global ACPs as a flexible method for foreign-based projects to demonstrate compliance with the LEED credits. “We realized we needed to make tweaks to the program to encourage adoption overseas,” a USGBC spokeswoman tells GlobeSt.com.

At first glance, it would appear LEED needs little encouragement in foreign markets. The use of LEED outside the US is soaring, making up, in 2012, more than 50% of all floor area of all registrations. “We have seen incredible growth in LEED outside of the US,” USGBC’s spokeswoman says. “Some of that has to do with the fact that LEED launched in the US and is now migrating overseas.” But it is also due to demand by foreign investors and tenants for green buildings, she adds.

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