12,000 Commercial Buildings Have Achieved LEED Standards

Alligator at a nature reserve. Image credit: Jon Sullivan via Wikipedia.

The International Green Construction Code may have created a framework for legislators to impose uniform standards for green buildings, but the influence of LEED certification has certainly not lost its touch. Just recently, the US Green Building Council, who also worked with the International Code Council in framing the IgCC, has announced that it hit the 12,000th commercial project for LEED certification.

Just twelve years after LEED certifications were released, 12,000 commercial projects have already been certified. This just goes to show the global effect of green buildings and the growing consciousness for future generations and the environment.

The 12,000th commercial project is the LEED Gold Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Texas—a fitting construction project for the symbolic and historic 12,000th building. The wildlife refuge is a reconstruction of its original facility, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ike back in 2008. The reconstructed facility will exhibit wildlife and an educational center for the environment.

In total, there are already 137,000 LEED certified construction projects around the world—from commercial and industrial to communities and neighborhoods. What makes this 12,000th building all the more important is that comments are being wrapped up for the LEED 2012 Rating System—an innovation of the LEED program. The LEED 2012 program will focus on current trends and changes that provide higher standards and sustainability for the green movement.

Just last month, the third draft of LEED 2012 was opened for public comment. Its stated goal of driving market transformation and sustainability must conform with two standards: setting the bar for leadership standards and creating incentives for building projects to either meet or exceed such standards.

In the release of its draft, it has received criticism specifically from the Forest Stewardship Council, because while it does set the bar for leadership standards, it does not create enough incentives for building projects to meet and exceed expectations.


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