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Every year the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) comes out with its list of the top 10 states for LEED certified buildings. The list, ranked by per capita, highlights the states that are making significant strides in sustainable design, construction and transformation.

USGBC, top 10 states for LEED, marcy marro, metal architecture, February 2016According to Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, green construction is quickly outpacing conventional construction in the U.S. "LEED has become an essential tool for the transformation of building design and construction" he says. "By recognizing these states excelling in the use of LEED, we are celebrating the green building professionals, architects, business, policy and community leaders who work tirelessly to design and develop innovative solutions toward a healthier, more sustainable future. LEED construction drives economic growth, creates jobs and makes communities greener."

The list is in its sixth year and looks at the total square footage of LEED-certified space per resident, based on U.S. Census data. For the third year in a row, Illinois leads the list, with 161 LEED certifications representing 3.43 square feet of certified space per resident. Illinois and Colorado are the only two states that have made the list every year since 2010.

While not included in the list, Washington, D.C., continues to lead the nation with 19.3 square feet of LEED space per resident certified in 2015. Also important to note, this year's list has the highest average (2.74) per capita space LEED-certified among the top 10 states since 2010, and four of the six states (Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and California) increased the square feet of space they certified per resident last year.

The reason I am always interested by these types of lists is that throughout the year we see many LEED-certified projects cross the pages of the magazine. This month, we are featuring the Delta Products Americas Headquarters in Fremont, Calif., which is designed to be both LEED Platinum certified and achieve net zero standards. Designed by J.J. Pan & Partners, Taipei, and Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects (KSHA), San Francisco, the facility uses many of Delta's own products and solutions to achieve these lofty sustainable goals. Read all about the project here.

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