Decarbonization of the building sector, which accounts for approximately 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, is urgent for climate change mitigation. Dozens of voluntary rating systems for green buildings have been created to reflect country-specific contexts and have made critical contributions to promoting the practice of green buildings. In this study, we conducted an exploratory quantitative and qualitative analysis on how country-specific and global green building rating system interacts. We found that controlling relevant covariates, similarity of domestic rating system with a global rating system, LEED, is significant factor for the coexistence of domestic and global voluntary rating systems. This study indicates such local systems should be compatible and harmonized with global green building rating system to keep the benefit of introducing local systems while mitigating its costs.
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