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 January 18, 2023   

The Top Green Building States & Projects of 2022

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Top 10 U.S. states for LEED Certified projects.  Plus, the Largest 20 U.S. and Canada LEED projects.

 

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual ranking of U.S. states leading the way on green building, with Massachusetts topping the list. The USGBC ranking is based on LEED-certified gross square footage per capita over the past year. The LEED rating system is the world’s most widely used green building program and was created by USGBC as a leadership standard defining best practices for healthy, high-performing green buildings.

“It was a strong year for LEED certifications across the U.S. as companies and governments embrace LEED as a tool for meeting ESG goals and organizational commitments to climate action, occupant well-being and resource efficiency,” said Peter Templeton, USGBC president and CEO. “LEED buildings are environmentally friendly, cutting their emissions and waste, and use less energy and water. At the same time, they also help reduce operational and maintenance costs, contributing to the bottom line.”

The states following Massachusetts — where 96 buildings encompassing over 26 million square feet were LEED-certified in 2022, equating to nearly 3.7 LEED-certified square feet per resident — were Illinois (3.47 square feet per capita), New York (3.17 square feet per capita), California (2.43 square feet per capita) and Maryland (2.39 square feet per capita).

As a federal territory, Washington, D.C., does not appear in the official top 10 list of states, but it consistently leads the nation in LEED-certified square footage per capita, in part because of the federal government and the District’s ongoing commitments to green building. In 2022, the nation’s capital certified over 46 square feet of space per resident across 115 green building projects.

 

Rank

State

Projects

Gross area (SqFt)

2022 GSF Per Capita

*

District of Columbia

115

31,759,516

46.06

1

Massachusetts

96

26,442,008

3.76

2

Illinois

91

44,577,321

3.48

3

New York

142

64,042,120

3.17

4

California

386

96,457,139

2.44

5

Maryland

80

14,769,661

2.39

6

Georgia

66

24,068,422

2.25

7

Colorado

59

12,532,909

2.17

8

Virginia

95

16,289,394

1.89

9

Texas

174

48,717,532

1.67

10

Oregon

36

6,066,035

1.43

In 2022, the top 10 states certified 1,225 projects and nearly 353 million gross square feet under LEED.

Since it was first established in 2000, LEED’s metrics-based system has set the standard for healthy, resilient, green buildings. In 2022, USGBC surpassed 100,000 LEED-certified projects globally, totaling more than 11 billion certified gross square feet.

 

The Top 20 projects that earned LEED Certification in the United States in 2022

A total of 1458 projects earned LEED Certification in the United States during 2022.  Six of the top 20 were recertifications of in-use projects that have previously achieved LEED certification.  Here are the largest ones.

 

PROJECT LOCATION LEED Level  SQUARE FT.
Georgia World Congress Center 2nd Recert Atlanta, GA Gold 3,920,000
55 Water Street Recertification New York, NY Gold 3,486,407
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention New Orleans, LA Gold 3,080,864
One Liberty Plaza New York, NY Gold 2,346,000
1515 Broadway Recertification New York, NY Gold 2,058,982
VOLVO Car US Operation Ridgeville, SC Gold 2,027,362
1600 Smith Houston, TX Gold 1,900,000
320 South Canal Chicago, IL Gold 1,793,680
Confidential Confidential, CA Platinum 1,768,089
Calmart Property Redevelopment Los Angeles, CA Gold 1,740,000
399 Park Avenue New York, NY Silver 1,730,577
Boca Raton Innovation Campus Boca Raton, FL Gold 1,722,812
Medline Grayslake Distribution Center Grayslake, IL Certified 1,445,396
Wells Fargo Center Recertification Minneapolis, MN Gold 1,340,572
Confidential Confidential, DC Silver 1,302,859
SFO Courtyard 3 Connector Project San Francisco, CA Gold 1,283,348
River Point Recertification Chicago, IL Platinum 1,239,203
Confidential Confidential, OH Certified 1,237,145
Medline Savannah Richmond Hill, GA Certified 1,206,907
One Queensridge Place Recertification Las Vegas, NV Silver 1,178,346

 

 

The Top 20 projects that earned LEED Certification in Canada in 2022

A total of 107 projects earned LEED Certification in Canada during 2022.  Here are the largest ones.

NOTES:

  • Ranked by square footage.  A 10.7639 multiplier was used to convert square meters to square footage on certain projects not already cited in square footage.

  • When reading this Canadian chart, the word "project" is pronounced with a long "o" as in "pro."

 

PROJECT LOCATION LEED Level  SQUARE FT.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre Toronto, ON Gold 2,701,461
CBC Toronto Broadcast Centre Toronto, ON Gold 1,975,109
Complexe LL Phase 3, SEC Brossard, QC Certified 1,798,863
484 Spadina Toronto, ON Silver 1,614,585
Centre de distribution Beloeil BELOEIL, QC Certified 1,446,991
Edifice Marly Quebec, QC Gold 947,214
Prologis Park 410 DC3 Caledon, ON Silver 847,646
CAE COMOX Flight Training Center Comox, BC Silver 695,165
333-355 North River Road Ottawa, ON Silver 587,913
Project Fire Guelph, ON Certified 585,449
Prologis Hamilton DC1-Bridgestone Hamilton, ON Silver 451,951
iPort Caledon Building F Bolton, ON Certified 407,713
1652/1672 Tricont Avenue Whitby, ON Silver 370,859
HSBC Place Edmonton, AB Gold 357,997
Toyota Parts Distribution Centre Clarington, ON Gold 343,993
River Landing - North Tower Saskatoon, SK Gold 283,317
285-295 Coventry Road Ottawa, ON Silver 281,067
Selection Retraite Gatineau Gatineau, QC Certified 270,185
1170 Peel - Le Windsor Montreal, QC Gold 267,152
Winnipeg Station Winnipeg, MB Gold 248,502

 

 

 



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