Green Building Councils for Australia, U.K., U.S. to Collaborate on Carbon Standard

Green Building Councils for Australia, U.K., U.S. to Collaborate on Carbon Standard

Major green building organizations and their assessment systems in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have agreed to work together to develop common metrics for measuring carbon emissions from new office buildings and homes.

The memorandum of understanding was signed Tuesday at EcoBuild ‘09 in London by representatives of Green Star, the green building rating and assessment system overseen by the Green Building Council of Australia, BREEAM, which is owned by the research and education charity BRE Trust and operated by BRE Global based in the U.K., and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system, which the U.S. Green Building Council develops and manages.

The arrangement represents the first international agreement of its kind among green building ratings and assessment groups to set a shared standard. The groups jointly announced their collaboration.

In another significant development for the USGBC, the organization announced that Scot Horst, a major figure in the sustainable design movement, has been appointed to the newly created position of senior vice president for LEED.

Horst has served as chairman of the LEED Steering Committee since 2005. He also has been the founding partner and president of the green building consultancy 7group and the president of Athena Institute International, a nonprofit that focuses on evaluation of buildings’ environmental impacts through life cycle assessment.

According to a statement from 7group this weekend, Horst is stepping down from his posts at 7group and Athena Institute International to take on his new role for the USGBC, which begins April 1.