08 Dec '11, 2pm

#LEED-certified square footage for existing buildings now exceeds new construction via @LeslieGreenBiz

#LEED-certified square footage for existing buildings now exceeds new construction via @LeslieGreenBiz

The cumulative total of LEED -certified square footage for existing buildings now exceeds that of new construction for the first time in the history of the U.S. Green Building Council . "The U.S. is home to more than 60 billion square feet of existing commercial buildings, and we know that most of those buildings are energy guzzlers and water sieves," said USGBC President, CEO & Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi in a statement announcing the development yesterday. "Making these existing buildings energy and water efficient has an enormous positive impact on the building's cost of operations. And the indoor air quality improvements that go with less toxic cleaning solutions and better filtration create healthier places to live, work and learn." Buildings account for about 40 percent of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, so improving their resou...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/12/07/usgbc-achieves-le...

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