NJ leads the nation with 29 LEED bills introduced!
From USGBC: In late January, USGBC released the annual Top 10 States for LEED rankings, spotlighting U.S. states leading the way for sustainable transformation of the places where we live, learn, work and play through LEED. But given how close the rankings were this past year, we didn’t think it was enough to only showcase the first 10 states on our list.
These five states didn’t make the official cut, but are nonetheless driving change by engaging business, nonprofit and government stakeholders to make a demonstrable impact on their residents’ quality of life:
New Jersey rounds out the top 15 states on the list with 10.62 million certified square feet, equal to 1.21 GSF of LEED space per capita. Of the 82 commercial projects certified in 2016, four were certified to the Platinum level, 18 to Gold, 31 to Silver and 29 to LEED-certified. Worth noting are that seven projects are tied to the manufacturing sector, five to education (including both higher education institutions and K–12 facilities), and seven were multifamily/residential projects (under BD+C).
Of the states highlighted in this honorable mention list, New Jersey has by far enacted the most policies at the state and city levels to support green building. Jersey City, which saw eight projects certified in 2016, has two city ordinances that promote green building. Ordinance 09-001 requires all new construction and renovations of public buildings to achieve LEED Silver certification and the EPA’s Energy Star Building Label, and Ordinance 09-002 grants a partial refund of building permit and lands development application fees for new construction and commercial building renovation projects.
Of the state-level policies, Chapter 296 is notable for requiring any new state building over 15,000 square feet to be designed to meet the standards of a “high-performance building”—defined in part as a building that receives at least a LEED Silver certification. See more from USGBC on the top states for LEED HERE.