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Global market watch: Mexico—A rising leader in green building and sustainability

Published on 20 Aug 2015Written by Nicolette Mueller Posted in LEED

Mexico City: It’s a place famous for its pre-Colombian civilizations, its cuisine and culture, and as the megacity once ranked as the #1 most polluted city in the world.

Today the city is a rising leader in sustainability and urban innovation, with aggressive work to decrease pollution, promote public health and wellness, and the highest concentration of LEED buildings in Mexico. Of course, the cities of Zapopan, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Queretaro are not far behind in the race to be the national leader in green building, and these cities have helped to make Mexico the largest market for green building in the Spanish-speaking world.

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the very first LEED certified project in a market that continues to set the pace for Latin America. Mexico’s first LEED AP and first LEED Fellow, Cesar Ulises Trevino, and his company BEA can now claim to be the first LEED v4 project (Platinum certified, no less) for Mexico. Mexico is also setting trends when it comes to health and wellness. The WELL Building Standard, the first building standard to focus on human health and well-being which launched in October 2014, is making inroads in Mexico as the first projects begin pursuing WELL Certification in the region. Going for LEED certification is important for achieving the best possible outcomes for environmental sustainability, and WELL maximizes the potential for supporting human health and wellness.

Privately owned Mexican companies are also ramping up their commitment to LEED and green building.Alejandro Bátiz of CIVITA, another leading green building consulting firm in Mexico, noted that a wide range of companies are expressing interest in owning and operating a LEED building, from small, family owned and operated child care centers to university campuses and family-owned conglomerates.

It’s a trend confirmed by Cushman & Wakefield’s Africa Rubio, whose growing team of sustainability professionals in Mexico City are responding to inquiries from the hospitality and retail sectors. Both sectors are predicted to be major areas of growth for the new construction and retrofit markets, as Mexico becomes the new headquarters for global business.

Thanks to the efforts of public and private sector leaders who are committed to a greener, more sustainable future for their country, Mexico is becoming a world leader in sustainable building.  It’s a global market to watch, and one that will surely continue to raise the bar for LEED and green building in the Americas.

 Nicolette Mueller

Director, Global Market Development – Latin American Region U.S. Green Building Council

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