Who Is Using LEED

By the end of 2006, LEED-NC had captured about 4% to 5% of the total new building market, with nearly 4,000 registered projects encompassing more than 477 million square feet of new and renovated space. At the beginning of 2007, more than 100 new projects each month were registered for evaluation under LEED-NC. Since a project can only be LEED-cer-tified after it is ready for occupancy, many projects are just nearing completion of their documentation to qualify for a LEED rating. Given that it often takes two years or more for projects to move from design to completion (and certification can only take place after substantial completion of a project), growth in the number of certified projects will be rapid. Many Fortune 500 firms, universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations are beginning to participate significantly in the development of LEED projects.

Just about every conceivable project type has been LEED-registered, including a mostly underground Oregon winemaking (barrel-aging) facil ity! For example, the first 150 LEED Gold project certifications (through the end of 2006) included 10 non-US projects (7 in Canada) and such varied building types as:

• Renovation of a 100-year-old warehouse into a modern office building in Portland, Oregon.

• A developer-driven technology park conversion of an old hospital in Victoria, British Columbia.

• An office-warehouse building for a major auto company in Gresham, Oregon.

• An elementary school in Statesville, North Carolina.

• Two high-rise apartment buildings in New York City.

• A new office building and an office building renovation for Herman Miller, Inc., in Zeeland, Michigan. (Commenting on this project, architect William McDonough observed that moving from a window-less building to a daylit building increased annual revenues 40% and that the increase in profits paid for the building in about four months.)8

• A public office building leased to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

• An environmental learning center near Seattle, Washington.

• An affordable housing complex in Santa Monica, California.

• A new convention center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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