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Top 10 States With The Most LEED Green Buildings

Virgin Hotels Chicago Illinois penthouse suite interior design LEED Green building certified hotel.

Green building is on the rise and LEED certification is at the forefront of that push by recognizing U.S. states and projects that work to create greener buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council recently released their annual rank of states for LEED green buildings. Let’s take a look at their findings and their projects.

 

Confos in downtown Washington D.C Terrell Place lobby

Smith Group JJR Terrell Place project, lobby in Washington D.C.

 

States are ranked on several points, gross square footage, per capita square footage, and the total number of projects. To accommodate for differences in states’ population and a number of buildings, the per capita metric is used to rank the states. Washington D.C. is noted as the nation’s “epicenter” of green building with a per-capita GSF of 19.30, but isn’t included in the list officially because of its status as a federal district.

 

US Green Building Council annual top 10 states for LEED green building list 2015

 

A notable project from Illinois is the Virgin Hotel Chicago with a LEED gold certification.

 

Virgin Hotels Chicago Illinois penthouse suite interior design LEED Green building certified hotel.

 

Virgin Hotels Chicago Illinois chamber room interior design bathroom vanity and closet

 

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Texas is home to The Treehouse building in
Memorial City bu Studio Red Architects. One of the building’s design attractions is its openness to the outdoors. Overhead garage style doors, moveable walls, rotating screens, and its blue glass exterior all contribute to this feel.

 

The Treehouse at Memorial City in Houston, Texas, LEED certified Green Buildings

 

The Treehouse - Memorial City - Houston, TX LEED Green Building certified

 

The Treehouse - Memorial City - Houston, TX LEED Green Building certified employee lounge

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Viceroy Snowmass Resort in Snowmass Village, Colorado is the first luxury hotel in Colorado to obtain LEED Green Building certification.

 

Viceroy Resort Snowmass, Colorado hotel LEED Green Building certified new interior restaurant

 

Viceroy Resort Snowmass, Colorado hotel LEED Green Building certified. Room interior with fireplace

 

Viceroy Resort Snowmass, Colorado hotel LEED Green Building certified. Relaxation lounge interior design

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Where do you think Green Building will be in the next 10 years? There is a trend in available building and design products that strive to meet green building standards. Another point to consider is the validity in the current green building standards. Perhaps there is a disconnect between the standards and energy efficiency ratings during planning and the same metrics while these green buildings are in full use.

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