From Environmental Leader , Published 20 June 2014
There are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2012 and continues to grow, according to the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED in Motion: Residential report.
The report also details the US states with the most LEED -certified homes, with California in the no. 1 spot followed by New York and Texas.
The report is the latest in USGBC’s LEED in Motion series designed to make the case for sustainable building practices worldwide. LEED-certified homes provide 20 to 30 percent savings in energy and water use compared to code-built homes, and they maximize fresh air indoors while minimizing exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants, USGBC says.
The report explores the multiple LEED rating systems for different types of homes, including new single-family homes as well as new and existing low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise multifamily buildings. USGBC is also developing a rating system for existing single-family homes.
Report highlights include:
Canada tops the list of the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the US with 17.74 million gross square meters of LEED space, according to a USGBC report published last month.
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