The U.S. Green Building Council Colorado Chapter (USGBC Colorado) has released a report on the number of LEED-certified developments in the state of Colorado for the first six months of 2015.
According to the report, a total of 8,524,716 square feet of real estate between 73 projects have been LEED certified in Colorado. At this rate 2015 will have more projects certified than in 2014. Last year 102 projects with a total of 15,816,498 square feet of space received the LEED designation.
LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a designation that is awarded to buildings that meet energy efficient design standards.
“The Rocky Mountain region’s committed business and community leaders and green building professionals are using LEED to transform their built environments to improve the health and wellbeing of not only our planet, but the buildings’ occupants and residents as well, and that effort is noted in these mid-year numbers,” said Patti Mason, Executive Director, USGBC Colorado. “These numbers show that LEED certification is becoming more common for buildings in the state, helping Colorado continue to lead the way in green building.”
In the first quarter of 2015, there were 2 projects that reached the Platinum level, 16 Gold, 17 Silver and 10 Certified, totaling 45 projects overall. In the second quarter, 4 projects were granted Platinum status, 15 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Certified, totaling 28 LEED-certified projects. The majority of the buildings were in Denver, which had 25 projects, and Fort Collins, which had 18 projects.
“Increasing the number of LEED-certified spaces in Colorado is important because these buildings use less energy and water, save money for families and businesses, contribute to our economic growth and improve the quality of life in the communities where they are found,” continued Mason.