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Feb. 12, 2013: USGBC Releases 2012 List of Top 10 States for LEED

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the top 10 states for new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in 2012. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED.

“Securing a spot on this list is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved in the green building movement in these states,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair, USGBC. “From architects and designers to local chapter advocates, their collective efforts have brought sustainable building design and use to the forefront of the national discussion on the environment, and I applaud their efforts to create a healthier present and future for the people of their states.”

Once again, the District of Columbia tops the ranking, with 36.97 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012.

Meanwhile, Virginia moved into the position as the top state, with 3.71 square feet certified per resident in 2012, overtaking Colorado, with 2.10 square feet certified per person.

Other top states include Massachusetts, which moved up three positions from 2011, with 2.05 square feet per person; Illinois, with 1.94 square feet; and Maryland, with 1.90 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012.

Reflecting the ongoing trend of LEED existing buildings outpacing newly built structures, in 2012 the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system accounted for 53 percent of total square footage certified in these states, compared to 32 percent certified under LEED for New Construction.

The full ranking, which includes 10 states plus Washington, D.C., is as follows:

1. District of Columbia

2. Virginia

3. Colorado

4. Massachusetts

5. Illinois

6. Maryland

7. New York

8. Washington

9. California

10. Texas

11. Nevada

For more information, visit usgbc.org.

Publication date: 2/11/2013

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