Houston Ranks 7th in LEED Certified Buildings
When it comes to green buildings, Chicago leads the way with 223 buildings that have attained the LEED certification. Houston currently ranks 7th with 123 LEED certified buildings, but is poised to move up in the rankings to number four based on the number of buildings in the construction pipeline that have registered for LEED certification, meaning that their owners intend to build or retrofit to LEED standards.
I would say Houston is clearly demonstrating it is among the leading cities in the green building trend since the figures do not reflect the number of LEED-rated buildings per capita. Houston is a smaller office market than New York and Chicago and while Washington DC is smaller than Houston, the federal government is requiring all of its new buildings to meet LEED standards.
The figures were made available by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that awards the controversial Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
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