Illinois is #1 in LEED Certification
Last week it was announced by the U.S Green Building Council, that Illinois placed first in the nation for LEED, the world’s most employed green building rating system. According to a press release from the Green Building Council, “ LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.”
It is the second year in a row that Illinois was honored with this prestigious and forward thinking title, and it is largely due to the building professionals and policy makers that work very hard in search of ways to support the planet through innovation. State and municipal requirements in Illinois play a crucial role in this trend towards sustainable construction practices, and inspire corporate projects to lean towards green as well. In total, there were 174 LEED certified projects in Illinois last year (42.5 mil sq. ft) including the GE Transportation Headquarters, FBI regional office, and Aon Center in Chicago.
LEED ranks states based off of green building projects per capita, and awards points for the use of sustainable building methods. Although it has been criticized by a few for “greenwashing”, this rating method is still standard and used by over 150 countries. Despite some criticism, there are few doubts that this environmentally conscious initiative is beneficial. “LEED designation continues to be a valuable quality assurance measure, assisting the design and construction industry in delivering high-quality, resource-efficient buildings for the next century.” says LEED fellow, Lois Vitte Sale
As a consistently top ranked Real Estate Appraisal Firm in Illinois, sustainable construction methods are very important to us at PahRoo. We aim to assist and promote environmentally friendly building practices on a daily basis, and are the only firm in the Midwest to be headed by a certified appraiser who is designated by both the Appraisal Institute (SRA) and the US Green Building Council (LEED GA). In fact, Michael Hobbs is speaking next week at RESNET 2015, the premier national forum on home energy ratings existing home retrofits and energy policy.