2015 was a momentous year for sustainable real estate. Some countries made impressive strides toward sustainability through certifications, CO2 reduction targets and market-led initiatives. A few others fell behind in scaling up best practices.

To help you stay abreast of significant developments in the green buildings sphere, Baker & McKenzie presents the second edition of the Global Sustainable Buildings Index. This detailed guide evaluates sustainable policies, schemes, trends and practices in 25 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

Enriched, year-on-year analysis

New in this edition is a section on trends for each key area of sustainability, making it easier to see significant changes and track progress from the previous year. We have expanded our research to include Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine. Leveraging on-the-ground knowledge of Firm professionals in 77 offices, we assess the current state of sustainability in each selected jurisdiction. Each chapter contains a heat map plotting each country’s “greenness” in a specific category. We also compare the implementation and enforcement of green regulations, the availability of incentives and opportunities for sustainable projects, and the types of green lease clauses prevalent in the jurisdictions.

Key areas covered

  • Green certification
  • Energy performance certificates and minimum energy standards
  • Incentives for green retrofit
  • C02 and energy targets
  • Renewable energy
  • Regulation
  • Financing
  • Planning
  • Green leases

The Global Real Estate Practice Group maintains a dedicated web platform for its publications. The platform presents digital client content to allow quick comparisons across jurisdictions at no cost. Moreover, users can view the content from Apple and Android devices including smartphones, tablets and even PC. Download links to the electronic versions of the Index are also available.

To access, visit http://globalrepublications.bakermckenzie.com/sustainabilityindex/


Mr. Sanders leads the Firm's US environmental litigation practice. He represents clients in federal, state and administrative courts in environmental class action and mass tort litigation, government enforcement and permitting proceedings, as well as criminal proceedings. Mr. Sanders is also a member of Baker & McKenzie's Global Climate Change and Emissions Trading Practice, and advises on various risks and opportunities relating to climate change and emissions trading markets.