The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) recently reviewed the LEED certifications that have been awarded since the beginning of January. Since it’s a worldwide standard, the amount of certified projects and square feet among different participating countries says a lot about the way LEED is getting accepted. Overall, there have been 166 projects and 28 million square feet certified since January 1, the organization stated on its blog.
Of these, the greatest number of projects (65) obtained the Gold standard. This is the second-highest classification and signifies that the project has obtained between 60 and 79 points.
Projects also require member and registration fees. The highest ranking, Platinum, accounted for the lowest number of new certifications (15) and 4.5 million square feet.
While the United States, perhaps unsurprisingly, was responsible for the highest number of projects by far with 124, other countries did add significant amounts of square footage. The Czech Republic, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, and China all achieved more than 1 million certified square feet. The last of these nations in particular had the second highest number of projects after the U.S.
Last year, the same site listed statistics regarding green investment activity throughout the United States, as well as around the world. These 2014 numbers showed Washington D.C., California, and New York as some of the areas with highest investment in green buildings per capita.
“As of August 2015, approximately 43 percent of all square footage pursuing LEED certification existed outside the U.S.,” the source added.
Because sustainable materials can be a part of an organization’s LEED plans, businesses should embrace furniture specialists who will help them find new and used workstations and other furniture items from reused materials.