USGBC releases top 10 states for LEED
The US Green Building Council has released its list of the top 10 states for LEED.
LEED is the best-recognised green building rating system, and USGBC’s list shines a spotlight on states that have made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction, and transformation each year.
Mahesh Ramanuiam, President and CEO of USGBC, said: “LEED guides our buildings, cities, communities, and neighbourhoods to become more research- and energy-efficient, healthier for occupants and more competitive in the marketplace. The green building movement continues to evolve with advancements in technology, benchmarking and transparency, and the states on this list are leading the way towards a more sustainable future.”
The ranking system, now in its seventh year, assesses the total square feet of LEED-certified space per resident based on US Census data including commercial and institutional green building projects certified during 2016. This year boasts the highest average per capita of LEED-certified space amongst the top 10 since 2010. The list is as follows:
- Massachusetts (24,398,765 certified gross square footage)
- Colorado (12,921,457 certified gross square footage)
- Illinois (36,188,485 certified gross square footage)
- New York (48,405,204 certified gross square footage)
- California (88,891,641 certified gross square footage)
- Nevada (6,397,602 certified gross square footage)
- Maryland (13,426,623 certified gross square footage)
- Virginia (18,444,309 certified gross square footage)
- Washington (15,103,478 certified gross square footage)
- Texas (41,942,393 certified gross square footage)
Collectively, 1,819 commercial and institutional projects achieved LEED certification in these states in 2016, which represents 309.12 million gross square feet of real estate. Across the country, there were 3,366 LEED projects last year, covering 470.39 million square feet.
To read more about the USGBC and its rankings, read the official press release here.
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