USGBC Releases 2012 List of Top 10 States for LEED

WASHINGTON — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 23, 2013 — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012, highlighting those regions that are transforming buildings and communities across the country.

The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED, through which approximately 2.2 billion square feet of space has been certified worldwide through 2012.

“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 their newly built counterparts, in 2012 the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system accounted for 53% of total square footage certified in these states, compared to 32% certified under LEED for New Construction.

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

                 

Rank

 

State

 

Projects certified in 2012

 

Square feet of LEED space certified in 2012

 

Per-capita square footage

1

 

District of Columbia

 

110

 

22,246,445

 

36.97

2

 

Virginia

 

170

 

29,709,574

 

3.71

3

 

Colorado

 

99

 

10,553,881

 

2.10

4

 

Massachusetts

 

106

 

13,395,597

 

2.05

5

 

Illinois

 

156

 

24,949,997

 

1.94

6

 

Maryland

 

127

 

10,954,324

 

1.90

7

 

New York

 

214

 

34,378,286

 

1.77

8

 

Washington

 

133

 

10,521,177

 

1.56

9

 

California

 

540

 

54,252,993

 

1.46

10

 

Texas

 

224

 

36,017,979

 

1.43

11

 

Nevada

 

29

 

3,741,941

 

1.39

       

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