This past week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its yearly list of states that have the most LEED-certified buildings. LEED is the Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design, a ratings system that for the design, construction and operation of green buildings and neighborhoods. Their annual top 10 list recognizes the states that are dedicated to creating spaces that have minimal impact on the environment.
In 2013, the 10 states that top the list created over 1,700 commercial projects, which added up to 227 million square feet of real estate. The state that topped the list for 2013 LEED buildings was Illinois, with 171 projects certified in the last year. While this is not the highest number on the list – fifth-ranked California had the most projects at nearly 600 – Illinois had the most green commercial real estate space per capita.
"Both the public and private sectors in Illinois recognize that long-term investments in 21st century infrastructure should be done in ways that reduce energy consumption and protect the environment," Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said in a statement. "Illinois is proud to be the nation's green buildings leader, and we are proof that a smaller environmental footprint can help us step toward energy independence."
No matter what state you live in, there is plenty you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your own home. By having a home inspection from Alban Inspections, our team of highly-trained professionals will be able to identify the areas of your home that can be improved and what you can do to reduce your overall energy costs. Find out how you can save money by having an energy audit today!