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U.S. Green Building Council hits LEED milestone

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that the 12,000th commercial project has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The project is the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

WASHINGTON. D.C.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that the 12,000th commercial project has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

“Twelve years after the first 12 projects earned LEED certification, the green building community has reached a significant milestone,” said Rick Fedrizzi, the council’s president, CEO & founding chair.

The 12,000th project is the LEED Gold Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

Paid for by the Recovery Act and rebuilt after the original facility was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008, the facility will house new wildlife exhibits, an environmental education centre, and National Parks employees.

The LEED green building certification program was launched in 2000 in the United States.

More than 45,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 8.4 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries.

DCN NEWS SERVICES

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