Bureau Veritas and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the certification body for the US Green Building Council’s LEED green building program, finalized the terms of their agreement to facilitate LEED certification globally.
As part of the agreement, Bureau Veritas teams around the world will review LEED projects for conformity with GBCI’s strict standards for certification. Immediate plans for local LEED review teams have been drawn up for China, Brazil and India. Local review teams will allow enhanced customer engagement and local support for LEED while advancing the goal for future site verification as part of the LEED certification process, the partners say.
“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, chief operating officer, USGBC, and president, GBCI. “Through this collaboration, we will be able to connect with our customers and deepen our engagement with them, which will help accelerate the adoption of green building practices and deliver its benefits to these key economies.”
The first buildings to be certified by Bureau Veritas within this partnership are due to be delivered in late 2015.