LEED ® breaks the 100 certified buildings barrier in Spain

The SPAIN GREEN BUILIDNG COUNCIL®,a national, private, not-for-profit association, that aims to make the built environment sustainable in one generation, has announced that on 14 May, 2015, the Rambla de Cataluña 6 Building from Inmobiliaria RC6 has been certified with the LEED-BO&M SILVER certification for O&M and is the 101st building to have achieved LEED certification in Spain. There are now 17 PLATINUM, 52 GOLD, 23 SILVER and 9 CERTIFIED buildings in Spain.

On 12 May 2015 Spain achieved another milestone with over 250 projects registered under the LEED Programme: the TORREJÓN LOGISTICS PARK from the developer Inversiones Montepino is project No. 255 to be affiliated to the LEED Programme in Spain.

Spain was the first country in Europe and Latin America to register a building under the LEED programme (with No. 20 in 2000) and the first to certify a LEED building in Europe (2006) with the METROVACESA ALVENTO Business Park. In terms of LEED Certified buildings, Spain is the third ranked country in Europe, behind Germany and Sweden and ahead of Italy, Finland and the UK. In Ibero-America, Spain is in 3rd position behind Brazil and Mexico and ahead of Chile and Puerto Rico. At global level outside the United States, Spain is in tenth place behind China, India, Canada, Brazil and Mexico.

The SpainGBC® is the first European council and the third worldwide, meaning that Spain is leading the way at both European and Ibero-American level. This has given the country’s industry time to prepare and make progress. Apart from certifying the first building in Europe (ALVENTO), Spain has achieved the first LEED GOLD certification for interior design (the 24th floor of the CBRE Picasso Tower); the first LEED-PLATINUM Core and Shell Pre-Certification (Palmas Altas Campus, Seville, ABENGOA); and the first LEED-PLATINUM double certification, (Iberdrola Tower, Bilbao, Core and Shell and Interior Design, Iberdrola).

The LEED independent external international recognition is awarded for the most sustainable developments in: building design and construction (BD+C); interior design and construction (ID+C); buildings operation and maintenance (BO&M) and neighbourhood developments (ND). Sustainable developments are those that balance optimal profit for the entity that builds, operates and maintains, with the building that has the lowest environmental impact and that are the healthiest and best places for living or working.

The LEED system is the same in every country and awards excellence in sustainability. Within a specific market, LEED provides a private and internationally recognised certification to 25% of the developers that achieve a greater or higher level of integration of sustainable strategies in the building and its plot of land. The LEED-PLATINUM buildings are the leading example of this level of excellence for the rest of the market and there are currently 17 such buildings in Spain.

LEED in Spain is the system of choice par excellence for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the most sustainable buildings on the market. By typology, the most frequently built are office and institutional buildings followed by shopping centres and industrial buildings however there are also residential buildings, hotels, hospitals, schools, data centres and logistics buildings.

By provinces, Madrid is leading the way with over twice the number of buildings than Barcelona, followed by Vizcaya and Zaragoza. There are now LEED buildings in over 27 provinces in Spain.

The exponential growth in both certified and LEED Registered buildings started in 2008, just at the start of the crisis and we have to be able to distinguish between the products in the real estate market in order to be able to sell them. Since then LEED has continued its exponential growth.