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Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM.
A recent analysis performed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) shows that LEED buildings in the sample are performing in the top 11th percentile in the U.S. in terms of energy usage, and the average ENERGY STAR score for those LEED buildings is 89 out of 100 possible points. The analysis was based on LEED projects that have submitted data to USGBC both voluntarily and as required by LEED 2009.
The majority of the 195 buildings that were analyzed are certified under the existing building rating system. The buildings range in size from 2,000 sq. ft to three million sq. ft, and are a mix of office and retail buildings.
“The ENERGY STAR data we’ve released gives us an indication as to where the numbers are trending. In the coming months we will be releasing additional LEED energy information,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president, LEED, USGBC. “Green buildings provide a host of benefits and LEED has spurred significant growth in energy-efficient buildings across the globe.”
LEED is estimated to support nearly eight million jobs across all 50 states and contributes $554 billion to the U.S. economy annually. Today, more than 9.3 billion sq. ft of building space is participating in LEED with 15,000 LEED certified commercial buildings around the globe.
The announcement comes at the start of USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, taking place November 14-16 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. To view the announcement in its entirety, visit http://new.usgbc.org (direct link: http://bit.ly/UniwMk).
AISC, along with the Steel Recycling Institute, is a Silver Sponsor of the conference, including the Community Lounge meeting and recreation space at the entrance to the south hall of the Moscone Center. If you’re at the show, stop by and say hello to AISC/SRI at booth 3878N in the exhibit hall.