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.
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.
A notable project from Illinois is the Virgin Hotel Chicago with a LEED gold certification.
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.
Viceroy Snowmass Resort in Snowmass Village, Colorado is the first luxury hotel in Colorado to obtain LEED Green Building certification.
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.