USGBC Announces Top 10 States for LEED Green Building in 2013

Feb. 18, 2014
One hundred seventy-one projects representing 2.29 sq ft of LEED-certified space per resident were certified in Illinois in 2013.

Illinois had more commercial- and institutional-building space certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED rating system per resident in 2013 than any other state, the USGBC announced today.

One hundred seventy-one projects representing 2.29 sq ft of LEED-certified space per resident were certified in Illinois in 2013. Maryland and Virginia followed, with 2.20 and 2.11 sq ft of LEED-certified space per resident, respectively.

COMPARE THE 2013 LIST TO THE 2012, 2011, AND 2010 LISTS.

Newcomers to the list are:

• Oregon (sixth place), 1.83 sq ft per resident.

• North Carolina (seventh place), 1.80 sq ft per resident.

• Hawaii (ninth place), 1.71 sq ft per resident.

• Minnesota (10th place), 1.55 sq ft per resident.

New York and California tied for fifth place, with 1.95 sq ft of space certified per resident.

The list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data. The USGBC uses per-capita figures to enable fair comparisons between states with significant differences in population and number of buildings.

The top 10 states for LEED green building in 2013.

Reflecting the trend of existing LEED-certified buildings outpacing their newly built counterparts, the LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance rating system accounted for 48 percent of the total square footage certified in these states in 2013, while LEED for Building Design and Construction accounted for 43 percent, and LEED for Interior Design and Construction accounted for 9 percent.

Notable buildings in these states certified in 2013 include:

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, Ill., LEED Gold.

M&T Bank Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens, LEED Gold.

1776 Wilson Boulevard, the first commercial building in Arlington, Va., to earn LEED Platinum certification.

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, Mass., the first university research computing center to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., home of the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets and future home of the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, LEED Silver.

SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, LEED Gold.

Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, Ore., LEED Platinum.

Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, N.C., LEED Gold.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in Fort Collins, Colo., LEED Platinum.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Kapolei, the largest certified project in Hawaii, LEED Silver.

Weitz Center for Creativity in Northfield, Minn., Carleton College’s third LEED-certified project, LEED Gold.

Collectively, 1,777 commercial- and institutional-building projects representing 226.8 million sq ft of real estate were LEED-certified in the top 10 states in 2013. Worldwide, 4,642 projects representing 596.8 million sq ft were certified.

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Described by a colleague as "a cyborg ... requir(ing) virtually no sleep, no time off, and bland nourishment that can be consumed while at his desk" who was sent "back from the future not to terminate anyone, but with the prime directive 'to edit dry technical copy' in order to save the world at a later date," Scott Arnold joined the editorial staff of HPAC Engineering in 1999. Prior to that, he worked as an editor for daily newspapers and a specialty-publications company. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University.