USGBC Publishes Report on Impact of LEED Green Building Rating System

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released the third and final installment of its LEED in Motion report series: “Impacts and Innovation.” The report details key impact areas and results of the thousands of projects that are utilizing the LEED® green building rating system, as well as innovation highlights related to LEED and green building technologies.

The LEED in Motion report series, available exclusively to USGBC member organizations, provides a holistic snapshot of the LEED movement.

“LEED in Motion: Impacts and Innovation highlights the revolutionary thinking that has been the catalyst for the transformation in the built environment we are witnessing worldwide,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Even as LEED is in itself an innovation, it has and will continue to serve as a gateway to further advances in the movement to create healthier, high-performing buildings and vibrant, resilient communities.”

The report also features a number of highlights, including details on the top three credits pursued by LEED projects across different rating systems. Additionally, the report features LEED project energy data, revealing that 450 LEED projects that reported data over a 12-month period experienced an energy use intensity (EUI) that was nearly 31 percent lower than the national median source EUI. Additionally, 404 LEED projects indicated an ENERGY STAR score of 85 in the same period, well above the level required for the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Top Performer” designation, according to the report.

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