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May 15, 2014: USGBC Launches Real-Time Green Building Data for US States

Online State Market Briefs Provide Information Transparency

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched a new online data resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the United States. These state market briefs — highlighting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects, LEED-credentialed professionals, and USGBC membership in each state — provide green building professionals and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state.

“Our state-level market briefs demonstrate USGBC’s commitment to data and information transparency at an important level of granularity. You can’t find this data anywhere else in the market,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. “The choice to build green buildings is simple. These state-level data visualizations make it even simpler.”

USGBC said each market brief acts as a state-level barometer of economic activity taking place in an industry that is projected to be worth up to $248 billion and represent more than half of all commercial and institutional construction in the U.S. by 2016.

Market briefs for other countries are available upon request, and LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development data and projects will be added later this year, said the organization. The market briefs highlight data on cumulative LEED-registered and -certified projects, gross square footage of LEED-registered and -certified space, project totals broken out by owner type and space type, USGBC member organizations by type, LEED professional credential holders, links to chapter(s) serving that state, as well as a project profile scorecard.

“The ability to tune in to what the green building marketplace looks like in real time is remarkably impactful, no matter what your connection to the industry is,” said Ari Kobb, director of sustainability and green building solutions, Siemens Industry Inc. “The state market briefs are clean and simple snapshots for each state. As someone who loves to dig into data, especially LEED data, I find this a useful tool for analysis."

“Providing the green building market with this detailed level of information is critical to the success of USGBC’s mission of market transformation,” said Ramanujam.

The state market briefs can be downloaded either as a visualization or as a raw data file and are accessible at www.usgbc.org/advocacy/market-brief.

Publication date: 5/12/2014

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