A new report from the U.S. Green Building Council has found that green, LEED-certified homes grew 19 percent since 2017 and have reached an all-time high in the U.S. The report, LEED in Motion: Residential, found that worldwide, there are 500,000 single family, multifamily and affordable housing LEED-certified units and more than 400,000 units in the U.S.
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Also included in the USGBC report was a ranking of the top 10 states in the U.S. for LEED-certified homes, with California taking the top spot. Nearly 40,000 certified residential units in California are LEED certified, followed by Texas with more than 24,500.
The top 10 states and the number of LEED-certified units as ranked by the USGBC are:
- California 39,296
- Texas 24,598
- New York 10,876
- Washington 10,521
- Colorado 8,091
- New Jersey 7,646
- Ohio 7,402
- Oregon 6,729
- Maryland 5,966
- Georgia 5,891
Homes that are LEED certified use 20 to 30 percent less energy than a traditional home, with some homeowners reporting up to 60 percent savings, according to the USGBC. Developers of affordable housing properties have also been interested in having LEED certification at their projects, as more than 78,000 residential units that are designated affordable are participating in the LEED program.
The USGBC expects LEED certification to continue to grow in popularity in the next few years. As it has grown, multifamily financing has aligned itself with the green movement, with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and PACE financing all offering green financing programs. In April, the organization opened registration for LEED v4.1 Residential, the latest version of the rating system.