10,000+. That’s now over the number of commercial buildings that have been certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The Green Building Certification Institute recently announced it’s 10,000th LEED commercial project.
The LEED green building program was created in 2000 and is now seen as a global symbol of green building. Every day, the institute, through the U.S. Green Building Council, certifies more than 1.4 million square feet of new and existing buildings.
The lucky 10,000th building was The Live Oak Family Resource Center located in Santa Cruz, California. The building was given the highest LEED certification, Platinum. The building provides a place for families to go to recieve guidance, information and referrals for health, education, food and community needs.
The LEED system of certification was first launched in 1998 as a pilot program. In 2000, it became the first rating system for new construction and major renovation projects. Today, LEED registers more than 100,000 project globally, including schools, health care facilities and homes. In 2008 the Council introduced Building Performance Partnership, which allows LEED projects to track and monitor their energy and water usage over time.