It has been crazy. We talk about LEED buildings in America and no doubt our British or Australian readers wonder why we call ourselves a trans-national journal when they talk about BREEAM or Green Star. And if you are actually going to try and compare buildings across borders? Forget it.
But now there may be one standard to rule them all; They have joined together and signed a "memorandum of understanding to set up a working group to develop common metrics to measure CO2 emissions from new homes and buildings. It will also aim to align the rating tools of each organization and provide consistency in reporting." (can you develop metrics in the USA?)
Discussing the memorandum at the Ecobuild conference*
Not much information yet but according to the limeys:
"Rating tools like BREEAM, LEED and Green Star have a proven track record in driving significant improvements in performance, and I'm delighted they are now coming together to help create an international language that will enable us to talk with one voice about the vital role green buildings can play in creating a low-carbon future,"-Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council.
and the aussies:
"Climate change is a global problem, so it is vital we find a global solution," said Romilly Madew, chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, in a news release.
and the yanks:
"The MOU sets the stage for true progress by focusing on performance that is measurable and verifiable," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, in a release. "It's vital that we are able to measure carbon emissions in a consistent, reliable way."
We will follow up when the memorandum is public. Archinect
*Canadian sitting in for Australia during photography
More on Building Standards:
Becoming a LEED Accredited Professional
Big Steps in Building: Make LEED Mandatory for Condos