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U.S. Green Building Council Announces Texas is Eighth State in the Nation for LEED Green Building

Washington, D.C. — (Jan 26, 2016) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its national ranking of the top states in the country for LEED green building and Texas is the eighth state in the nation for 2015. The rankings come at an important time for states looking to reduce their energy use. LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

 “Texas is a nationwide leader in green building and LEED certification. LEED creates jobs and increases opportunities for Texas’ workers and businesses while contributing billions of dollars to the state’s economy,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “LEED has become an essential standard for the transformation of building design and construction. LEED certified buildings drive economic growth, creates jobs and makes communities healthier.” 

The annual ranking is developed by analyzing each state in terms of square feet of LEED certified space per state resident. Now in its sixth year, the list highlights states throughout the country that made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation throughout 2015.Texas certified 237 projects representing 52.45 million square feet of real estate, or 2.09 square feet per resident, in 2015.

"As these result show, we are in a remarkable position with the building industry in Texas today," said Jonathan Kraatz, executive director, USGBC-North Texas Chapter. "With five of the top 25 building markets in the county, the adoption of sustainable building and land development practices is gaining a significant foothold across the state. We have made a great start, and as a Chapter we will continue to ensure a socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life for all Texans."

In addition, data from USGBC’s 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study shows LEED construction is expected to support 244,000 total jobs in Texas and have a total impact on GDP of $21.39 billion from 2015-2018.

A few notable projects that certified in Texas in 2015 include:

  •          The Treehouse Memorial City, LEED Platinum
  •          New Parkland Hospital Building, LEED Gold
  •          Rice University Anderson-Clarke Center, LEED Gold
  •          Seaholm Retail & Office, LEED Gold

The full ranking of the top 10 states for 2015 includes:

Rank

State

Projects certified in 2015

Square feet LEED certified in 2015

Per-capita square footage

1

Illinois

161

43,979,595

3.43

2

Maryland

127

17,659,881

3.06

3

Massachusetts

112

19,850,624

3.03

4

Washington

101

17,450,321

2.60

5

Colorado

95

12,218,992

2.43

6

Nevada

30

6,534,960

2.42

7

California

618

87,358,563

2.34

8

Texas

237

52,445,321

2.09

9

Virginia

121

13,005,968

1.63

10

Utah

31

4,494,301

1.63

*

Washington, D.C.

84

11,612,237

19.30

*Washington, D.C., is not ranked as it is a federal district, not a state.

Collectively, 1,633 commercial and institutional projects became LEED certified within the Top 10 States in 2015, representing 274.9 million square feet of real estate. Worldwide, 4,837 projects were certified in 2015, representing 818.9 million square feet. Nearly 75,000 projects representing 14.4 billion square feet of space have been LEED-certified to date.

USGBC calculates the list using per-capita figures as a measure of the human element of green building. This also allows for fair comparisons among states with significant differences in population and number of buildings. 

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