The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that the total global footprint of commercial projects certified under its LEED Green Building program has now surpassed a staggering two billion square feet. What is even more impressive is that an additional seven billion square feet of LEED certified properties are currently in the pipeline.
In a statement, Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC said: “In communities around the globe, leaders from every sector of the building industry are reinventing their local landscapes with buildings that enliven and bolster the health of our environment, communities and local economies.”
“The journey to this milestone has energized our economy–funneling $554 billion annually into the U.S. economy alone–and has helped support 7.9 million jobs across the U.S.”
Of course, leading the ‘green building’ revolution is the widely used and recognized LEED program. With its certifications for how green a particular building is, the LEED program certifies over two million square feet of commercial building space each day in more than 130 countries.
The US Green Building Council have said that today, almost 50,000 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising nine billion square feet of construction space. Additionally, nearly 23,000 homes across the US have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program, with nearly 86,000 additional units in the pipeline. That’s more than 159,000 registered and certified projects in LEED!
You may have seen many of the recent projects that have earned LEED certification featured on Inhabitat. Notable projects include the Vestas Technology Center in Lem, Denmark and the Ernst and Young Plaza in Los Angeles, Calif., which earned LEED Platinum for the operations and maintenance of an existing building.