Thursday, February 28, 2019

USGBC Announces Top 10 States for LEED in 2018

The USGBC announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED
with Illinois taking the top spot. Overall, green building
continues to be at the forefront of construction and design.

Earlier this month, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED. The list showcases states with significant growth in green building and sustainable design. For the year of 2018, Illinois ranks first in the nation for the most square footage of LEED-certified space per person.

Illinois has been a leader in green building for some time; the state previously took home the top spot in 2015. This year, Illinois' projects such as the LEED Gold certification of the Willis Tower has helped reduce waste and carbon pollution while creating healthier, more affordable environments for its citizens. Recently, Illinois celebrated Chicago reaching its Better Buildings Challenge in just five years; the windy city reduced its energy usage by over 20 percent through improved design and an inclusive approach to energy efficiency.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is one of the most popular rating systems used to guide construction and development across the globe. LEED certified projects have a commitment to reducing waste and using sustainable, eco-friendly designs. A tenant of LEED is making use of existing materials, and Illinois exemplified this through its Retrofit Chicago program which renovates old buildings and increases their overall building performance.

Other states trailing not far behind Illinois include Massachusetts and Washington. Altogether, the United States completed nearly 3,000 LEED projects in 2018 for a total of more than 615 million square feet of both commercial and residential space.

Overall, LEED and other affordable green building initiatives are becoming more popular in the United States. Beyond a macro level, consumers increasingly want the energy savings that come with sustainable housing. Local governments are also realizing the potential of LEED with some states choosing to refit their affordable public housing with improved sustainable design.

But most importantly, did your state make the list? Check out the top 5 ranking states here:



To view the entire USGBC Top 10 List, visit their website.
To learn more about LEED and how to become accredited in this exciting industry, visit Zack Academy.

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