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Extended availability of LEED exam set to help sustainable aims.

The news that it is now possible to become an accredited professional (AP) under the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) system without leaving the Middle East has got to be welcomed.

Until January 2008, those wishing to take the examinations required to achieve LEED AP status had to travel to the USA to do so. This inevitably slowed down the process and indeed must have prevented several willing and able candidates from gaining the necessary certification.

With the increased focus on sustainable building, having a means to rate or grade these in a formal manner is necessary and to date the LEED system has proven the most popular in the region. This is likely to continue with the formalising of the Emirates Green Building Council's revised LEED system.

There are currently a limited number of LEEP APs operating in the Middle East, but the demand is likely to rise in accordance with that for green buildings. By making it simpler to gain accreditation, it will surely help the region meet its targets for sustainability in the future.

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