Commercial Green Building Milestone
The U.S. Green Building Council is celebrating a new LEED milestone, announcing it has surpassed 100,000 registered and certified LEED commercial projects.
"In 1998, we created LEED to measure and define what green building meant, and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings," said Mahesh Ramanujam president and CEO, USGBC. "Today millions of us are living, working and learning in LEED-certified buildings around the world. These spaces are using less energy and water, mitigating the environmental burden on their communities, saving money and offering the people who occupy them a better quality of life. This latest milestone demonstrates how the global green building community is delivering on the vision we set forth more than 20 years ago with better buildings and spaces that equal better lives."
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, according to USGBC. Available for virtually all building and interior space types, it provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
USGBC's statement adds that LEED-certified buildings are a solution for companies, communities and cities looking to improve quality of life for people while reducing their environmental impact by responsibly managing energy, carbon, water, waste, transportation and materials.