USGBC Announces Top 10 States For LEED Buildings

Who doesn’t love lists? To-do lists, top 10 lists (especially the David Letterman variety) — they’re informative and entertaining. So we’ve added a new list for your reading pleasure. The U.S. Green Building Council recently released their list of the top 10 states (including the District of Columbia) that have the highest number of “institutional and commercial green buildings per capita,” according to the USGBC, which is based on 2010 Census data.
In first place? Our nation’s capital, which boasts “25 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2010,” according to the USGBC.
The leading state? Nevada, which may surprise you — thoughts of a continually illuminated Las Vegas strip don’t necessarily conjure up eco-friendly images. Yet in 2010, Nevada recorded 10.92 square feet of LEED-certified space per person.

The remaining list includes:
New Mexico
New Hampshire
South Carolina
Although this list focuses on industrial and commercial buildings, there’s no doubt that green residential construction is also on the rise. “Nearly 10,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 45,000 more homes registered,” according to USGBC.

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