Maryland Ranks No. 6 in Nation for LEED Certifications in 2012

USGBC's rankings are based on the number of square feet of LEED-certified space per resident.


Maryland ranks No. 6 in the nation for new LEED certifications, according to a report released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The LEED designation stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" and provides a measureable and verifiable review of a building's design, construction, operation and maintenance from an environmental impact point of view.

USGBC's rankings are based on the number of square feet of LEED-certified space per resident.

Maryland clocks in at No. 6 with a 127 projects totalling 10,954,324 square feet of LEED-certified space, equating to 1.90 square feet per person. Maryland's 2012 per-person rate is just 0.04 behind Illinois.

The Mid-Atlantic is well represented in top of the rankings, with the District of Columbia overwhelmingly the No. 1 area with 36.97 square feet per person, and Virginia at 3.71 square feet per person.

According to the USGBC's website, to earn a LEED certification a building must earn a minimum of 40 points on a 110-point LEED rating system which reviews aspects such as sustainability, water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, use of sustainable materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. 

number9dream February 10, 2013 at 02:45 PM
LEED is a FRAUD to earn tax breaks, government contracts and other bennies for developers and contractors. How else would it be doing so well in Maryland?
Sanchez February 10, 2013 at 03:31 PM
GSA Seeks Public Input for Green Building Certification Systems Federal Register notice opens 60 day public comment period “GSA is currently evaluating three certification systems for green building standards, which include the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED 2009, the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes, and the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge.” http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/162683 In U.S. building industry, is it too easy to be green? "The Palazzo Hotel and Casino boasts many features of Las Vegas excess — an indoor waterfall, a smoke-filled gaming area, seven decorative fountains, and guest suites with three TVs and power-controlled curtains. Yet the 50-story complex achieved an unlikely and lucrative milestone after opening in 2008. A powerful private organization declared it an environmentally friendly "green" building, the world's largest at the time. The U.S. Green Building Council, a building industry non-profit, credited the Palazzo for having bike racks in the garage; room cards telling guests when towels are replaced; landscaping that does not use grass, which local law prohibits anyway; and preferred parking for fuel-efficient cars — spots that on a recent week were occupied by Ford Expeditions, Chevy Tahoes, Range Rovers, Mercedes E320s, Chrysler 300s, Audi A6s, vans, sports cars and a Hummer." http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/24/green-building-leed-certification/1650517/
Sanchez February 10, 2013 at 03:33 PM
"The designation won its owner, Las Vegas Sands Corp., a $27 million tax break over 10 years because a Nevada law puts the private interest group — not the government — in charge of deciding which buildings are green enough for a taxpayer subsidy." "Nearly every design team has won a point for including someone who has passed a LEED exam. Thousands more have won points for giving office workers their own light switches, views of the outdoors or temperature-control mechanisms, which can include operable windows or desk fans. More than 6,000 buildings got credit for using structural steel or concrete, common building materials that the council considers green because they are made from recycled material. Points also have gone to universities that offer a course on green building, to employers that give workers a video-game room and fitness center and to builders for installing a modern fire-alarm system that "minimizes stresses on the firefighters," council records show. "People have a tendency to buy points — they buy that bike rack even though there's no value in it," said Kansas City, Mo., architect Bob Berkebile, who helped create LEED in the 1990s and remains a strong proponent. "It's unfortunate. That's just where we are at this time.""
Sanchez February 10, 2013 at 03:39 PM
""Buildings have a poor track record for performing as predicted during design," the council itself reported in 2007. "Most buildings do not perform as well as design metrics indicate." The Environmental Protection Agency says "it is a common misconception that new buildings, even so-called 'green' buildings are energy-efficient." The EPA's voluntary EnergyStar program certifies only buildings that prove energy efficiency over a year of occupancy, and rates buildings every year. A little-noticed study of Navy buildings in January showed that four of 11 LEED-certified buildings used more energy than a non-LEED counterpart. Of the seven others, four were better than their counterparts by 9%, a level of improvement that is insufficient to earn any LEED points. "Energy savings are not closely related to the number of points received," concluded the study by University of Wisconsin researchers. LEED tries to address the problem by offering one point for buildings that measure actual energy use. Only 23% of the LEED-certified buildings have taken that option, USA TODAY found."


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