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Olympic Village in Beijing Earns LEED Gold Certification
The Olympic Village in Beijing, the temporary home of the 17,000 athletes participating in the 2008 summer Olympic games, has earned Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s pilot LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.
The Beijing Olympic Village is the first Olympic Village to receive LEED certification, and as part of the pilot program, it is one of only eight developments — and the first international project — to thus far achieve certification under LEED for Neighborhood Development, according to USGBC.
LEED for Neighborhood Development integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building into a comprehensive system for neighborhood design. The pilot program began with a call for pilot projects in early 2007. Nearly 240 projects from 39 states and six countries are now registered to participate in the pilot program.
In 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology developed a “Protocol for Cooperation in Clean Energy Technologies for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.” The Protocol resulted in plans to seek LEED certification for the Olympic Village.