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The U.S. Now Has 37,000 LEED Housing Units

U.S. Green Building Council will release a state-by-state LEED status report over the summer

This house in New Milford, Connecticut, meets the requirements of the LEED for Homes program.
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The U.S. Green Building Council says it will release green building market reports for all 50 states over the course of the summer, beginning with Florida.

In an announcement posted at the USGBC web site, technical policy director Jeremy Sigmon said the reports would cover “green building facts, figures, policy context, stand-out projects and more.”

Citing a McGraw-Hill Construction report, Sigmon said the green building market is doubling in size every three years and was expected to total $100 billion this year. He said more than 1.5 million sq. ft. of space is certified daily under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programs. The U.S. now has more than 37,000 residential LEED units.

One Comment

  1. Peter L | | #1

    Let us hope...
    I hope the green building market starts to pay some attention to design aesthetics a little more. Whenever I try and talk to people about building green homes, the examples shown make them run for the hills. I don't disparage anyone and wish everyone could afford and live in an energy efficient and healthy home.

    With that being said, why does this home have white framed windows next to a green framed door? Something as simple as keeping the same color tones for all the window and door frames would be nice. Interesting that they used single/double hung windows, since by design they are not as air tight as casement or tilt & turn windows.

    Hopefully we begin to see green homes that are not just boxes with mismatched colors. It's a hard sell when green = poor taste. Maybe the auto industry is a good marketing example. Cars that looked stylish and had good MPG sold better than cars that just had good MPG. People care about how something looks, not just how it performs. The auto industry knows this and designs cars that look good and get great gas mileage. These cars sell.

    I'm a green home, I'm beautiful and doggone it, people like me!

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