LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, with about 1.85 million square feet of green building certified daily. Since its introduction 16 years ago, LEED has grown to nearly 80,000 participating projects and more than 32,500 certified commercial projects in 162 countries worldwide.
Introduced in 2000 as a rating system for new construction projects, the USGBC expanded LEED certification to allow for other building types to become certified within a few years of its introduction. Over its first six years, the USGBC registered about 60 LEED projects a month, a number that would grow to 700 projects a month by 2008.
Despite a decrease in new construction projects due to the recession from 2007 to 2009, LEED continued to show an increase in project registrations during those years. With the launch of two new versions, v2009 in 2009 and v4 in 2013, LEED has continued this steady growth trend to this day. Today, as more municipalities and governments are beginning to mandate conservation efforts, green building and LEED certifications will likely continue to increase in the years to come.
Through the design and installation of water harvesting systems, Wahaso is proud to have helped contribute to these numbers by supporting and encouraging commercial and municipal building owners to pursue LEED certification. For more information about how water harvesting and conservation efforts can help your green building project earn LEED v4 credits, check out our LEED certification page.
The statistics above are sourced from a recent article published by the USGBC. The full article is available on the USGBC website.
About the Writer: Emily Avellana is an Elmhurst College graduate with a degree in Marketing, and a Marketing Assistant at Wahaso.