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Mid-Year 2016 LEED Rankings – Houston Totals 461 Certified Projects

Mid-Year 2016 LEED Rankings – Houston Totals 461 Certified Projects

In the first six months of 2016, Houston added 29 LEED certified commercial projects, a 6.71% increase, for a total of 461 projects. The top 50 U.S. cities added 508 LEED certified commercial projects, an exact 6.00% increase over project totals at the end of 2015. Currently, the top 50 U.S. cities now host a total of 8,891 certified commercial projects.

In the same six months, the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) added a total of 36 LEED certified commercial project, a 6.63% increase. The top 50 US MSAs added 1,098 certified commercial projects, a 6.68% increase.

The Top 50 Metropolitan Area certified projects increased 1,098 or 6.68% to a total of 17,539 LEED certified commercial projects. The top 50 U.S. project square footage in city limits increased 111.2 million square feet or 6.79% to a total of 1.749 billion sq. ft. and square footage in metropolitan areas increased 177.7 million sq. ft. or 7.00% to a total of 2.716 billion sq. ft.

The numbers almost uniformly show a slight dip in certifications compared to last year’s totals. For example, Houston is on track to certify 58 projects this year, compared to a total of 63 in 2015.

There were also two cities that dropped in the number of certifications from the end of 2015. I don’t see that year-end data was faulty, but I can’t account for the drop either. It could possibly be because of LEED-EB projects not recertifying and losing their certifications.

The data below is for LEED commercial projects and excludes LEED for Homes and LEED-Neighborhood Development projects.

Number of Certified Projects in City Limits

Houston reaches the midpoint of 2016 with an additional 29 LEED certified projects for a total of 461 LEED certified projects. Houston is still ranked #5, following behind NYC, Washington D.C., Chicago and San Francisco. NYC was the biggest gainer with 56 (8.3%) new certifications with Washington DC close behind with 52 new certifications. The Top 9 all stayed the same, but Boston moved up one spot to #10, Denver moved up one spot to #11 and Portland made the room by falling from #10 to #12. The biggest percentage increases were made by San Antonio (9.76%), Nashville (9.71%), Boston (8.75%) and San Francisco (8.52%).

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