LEED-Certified Commercial Projects Tops Two Billion Square Feet Per Day, USGBC Reports
July 27, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has documented the total area of LEED-certified commercial structures to be more than two billion square feet each day accounting for 130 countries and has another seven billion square feet currently in the certification process.

So far, there are about 50,000 commercial buildings that are LEED-certified - composing "nine billion square feet of construction space," according to the USGBC. Roughly 23,000 U.S. homes are certified by the green building rating system and approximately 86,000 other residencies are being processed.

"In communities around the globe, leaders from every sector of the building industry are reinventing their local landscapes with buildings that enliven and bolster the health of our environment, communities and local economies," says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the USGBC. "The journey to this milestone has energized our economy-funneling $554 billion annually into the U.S. economy alone-and has helped support 7.9 million jobs across the U.S."

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