WASHINGTON - With some 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units stand worldwide according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED in Motion: Residential report. This figure has more than doubled between 2011 and 2012 and maintains a steady growth pace, the report says.
USGBC, which manages the LEED standard, is pushing for greater adoption of LEED in residential construction, moving beyond the commercial projects on which most LEED usage is centered.
The report says U.S. states with the highest amount of LEED-certified homes include California, New York and Texas. The report also features the top 10 countries for LEED.
The report includes profiles of projects supported by governmental funding, such as Cincinnati’s Community Reinvestment Area Residential Property Tax Abatement program, in which 192 LEED-certified homes are currently participating.
The report explores the multiple LEED rating systems based on type of home, including new single-family homes as well as new and existing low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise multifamily buildings. In addition, USGBC is creating a rating system for existing single-family homes. LEED-certified homes provide 20 to 30 percent savings in energy and water use compared to code-built homes, and maximize fresh air indoors while minimizing exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants, USGBC said.
Read more about the report at the USGBC website at go.usgbc.org/homes.
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