Colorado ranks 8th for LEED-certified buildings

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Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

The U.S. Green Building Council released the Top 10 States for LEED rankings on Tuesday. Colorado placed eighth in the nation.

Regions around the country at the forefront of sustainable building design, construction and operation were recognized. LEED-certified spaces save money for businesses and taxpayers; use less water and energy; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for workers and the community, according to a news release from the Green Building Council.

“In the face of the extraordinary global challenge of climate change, our national imperative to create resource-efficient and cost-effective green buildings has never been greater,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC.

“Colorado has a strong base of dedicated individuals who are using LEED to transform its built infrastructure into high-performing spaces that promote the health of our planet and the people who use these buildings each and every day.”

Based on 2010 U.S. Census data, the per-capita list includes commercial and institutional green building projects certified in 2013. Last year, 124 projects representing 8,894,187 square feet of real estate (1.77 square feet per resident) were certified in Colorado.

Some of the notable projects certified in Colorado in 2013 include:

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, LEED Gold

Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Grand Junction, LEED Platinum Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building in Denver (federal office building), LEED Gold

Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center in Mesa Verde, LEED Platinum Denver Public Library Sam Gary Branch, LEED Gold

University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2 in Aurora, LEED Silver

Army National Guard Windsor Readiness Center in Windsor, LEED Platinum

Salida High School in Salida, LEED Gold

Fort Carson Warrior in Transition Battalion Headquarters, LEED Silver.

Ranking of the top 10 states includes:

Rank

State

Projects certified in 2013

Square feet LEED certified in 2013

Per-capita square footage

1

Illinois

171

29,415,284

2.29

2

Maryland

119

12,696,429

2.20

3

Virginia

160

16,868,693

2.11

4

Massachusetts

101

13,684,430

2.09

5 (tie)

New York

259

37,839,395

1.95

5 (tie)

California

595

72,729,476

1.95

6

Oregon

47

6,991,942

1.83

7

North Carolina

133

17,183,099

1.80

8

Colorado

124

8,894,187

1.77

9

Hawaii

17

2,323,379

1.71

10

Minnesota

51

8,205,155

1.55

Within the top 10 states, 1,777 commercial and institutional projects became LEED certified in 2013, representing 226.8 million square feet of real estate.

To view a list of green buildings in Colorado Springs, click here.

Pictured above, the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado building is LEED Silver certified, one of many in the Pikes Peak region.

“Colorado has always recognized the important connection between environment and human health, and it has been on the leading edge of the green building movement since the beginning,” said Angie Fyfe, executive director, USGBC Colorado Chapter.

In April, the USGBC Colorado Chapter will host the Rocky Mountain Green 2014 Conference. For more information, visit www.rockymountaingreen.com.

One Response to Colorado ranks 8th for LEED-certified buildings

  1. It seems like CS ranks dead last in LEED job opportunities. I got my LEED Green Associate last year and so far it has not led to any economic advantage or opportunity. LEED offers valid building designs and strategies but it remains to be seen if it provides any economic benefit.

    Steven Shepard
    February 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm