The U.S. Green Building Councilâ€™s (USGBC) LEED certification program is the most popular and widely respected sustainable building certification in the world. In news that is highly encouraging for sustainable development, the program has just reached a very notable milestone â€“ there is now more than 2 billion square feet of property with LEED certification around the world, spreading across more than 130 countries.
On top of that, an additional 7 billion square feet are listed as â€œLEED registered projects.â€ Once certified, the program will be nearing the 10 billion mark.
As of right now, 2 million square feet of commercial building space is receiving LEED certification every day. Nearly 50,000 commercial projects are currently participating in the LEED green building program, and 23,000 residential properties in the U.S. have received the LEED for Homes certification. An additional 86,000 residential properties are in the process of becoming LEED certified.
Not only are green buildings integral to public health, heating and cooling costs, and the future of our environment, but they also provide and support the growing green jobs sector. Architects, designers, and construction workers are all experiencing a bump in greener job opportunities thanks to green buildings.
According to Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO, and Founding Chair of the USGBC, the buildings that are LEED certified have pumped $554 billion annually into the United States economy and supported 7.9 million jobs across the country. Pretty remarkable. It sounds like this is just what the world needs right now.
Do you live or work in a LEED certified building?
Image CC licensed by Center for Neighborhood Technology: Unveiling on an LEED Platinum certification plaque.