From a global perspective, it was evident that the LEED Building Rating System, developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), was the most widely recognized and implemented rating system with a strong influence as a global green building brand.
The use of a recognized brand such as LEED contributes to the ease of pursuing green buildings locally, as well as flexibility to accommodate local laws,regulations and statutes.
The technical committee in this project carried out an analysis to compare the local laws and standards for green buildings in Jordan and document the gaps between them and the LEED rating system and what is available and appropriate in Jordan.
Five main components related to buildings have been studied:
1) energy 2) water 3) sustainable sites 4)resource consumption 5) indoor environment.
These gaps have been identified according to standards and recommendations consistent with the local situation to find feasible solutions to implement and develop the approvals or modifications to the requirements for the approval of green buildings locally. With this study completed and documented for others in the MENA region in particular and the world as a whole, local requirements must be taken into account, and therefore the application of some similar practices is beneficial regardless of the region.
We also hope that we have completed a useful and comprehensive study of some of the lessons learned during our work, and we hope that this study will contribute to making green building, wherever we are, a little easier.
LEED Gap Analysis – 2012