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Massachusetts Tops New LEED List

Monday, January 30, 2017

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Massachusetts has reached the pinnacle of the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual ranking of states with the most LEED-certified projects.

Moving up from the third position in last year’s list, in 2016, the Bay State finished a total of 136 LEED- certified projects throughout the year, representing 3.73 square feet of certified space per resident, the USGBC announced Wednesday (Jan. 25).

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More than 130 LEED-certified projects took place in Massachusetts in 2016. The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center received a LEED Silver certification.

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, designed by architect Raphael Viñoly and HNTB Architecture, was also called out as a “notable project certified in 2016” in the announcement. The 1.7 million square-foot center, which will host Greenbuild 2017 in November, received a LEED Silver certification last year.

Listing Details

Now in its seventh year, the ranking assesses the total square feet of LEED-certified space per resident based on U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects certified during 2016.

Illinois and Colorado are the only two states to have made the list every year since 2010, and New York has returned to the rankings after a one-year hiatus, USGBC says.

Maryland and Virginia also appear on the list, reaffirming that the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Washington, D.C., is at the center of green building. While Washington, D.C., is not included in the list of top states, due to its status as a federal territory, it is notable for its 29.04 square feet of LEED space per resident, more than any individual state, according to the organization.

The Top 10

The 2016 list has the highest average (2.55 square feet) per capita of LEED-certified space among the top 10 states since 2010.

The ranking is listed below and an infographic is available here.

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Colorado
  3. Illinois
  4. New York
  5. California
  6. Nevada
  7. Maryland
  8. Virginia
  9. Washington
  10. Texas

Collectively, 1,819 commercial and institutional projects achieved LEED certification in the 10 states within the Top 10 LEED list in 2016, representing 309.12 million gross square feet of real estate. And across the country, 3,366 projects were LEED-certified in 2016, representing 470.39 million square feet.

“LEED guides our buildings, cities, communities and neighborhoods to become more resource- and energy-efficient, healthier for occupants and more competitive in the marketplace,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC.

“The green building movement continues to evolve with advancements in technology, benchmarking and transparency, and the states on this list are leading the way toward a more sustainable future.”


Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; Environmentally friendly; Green building; LEED; U.S. Green Building Council

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