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Green building benefits definitely have a huge impact, not only on us, but also on the future of our children. Homes last an average of 100 years so if we look 100 years into the future, how will the homes built today be when it comes to preserving our resouces
Really green building is becoming more and more lucrative and desirable in the international construction market. Let this perspective remain!
Thank you for this excellent article, specialist in wood construction in France, I'm happy to read that. Everyone becomes aware of the ecology in construction.
Architect, Inmobiliaria Valle Aran Puntet
I think the green building benefits go beyond economics, of architectural design and the environment, and have been shown to bring positive social impacts too. Many of these benefits are around the health and wellbeing of people who work in green offices or live in green homes. The LEED project focuses on creating buildings which are not only good for the environment, but also support healthier, happier and more productive lives.
Architect, Nikken Sekkei
Hi, I'm wondering, has anyone ever estimated the dollar value of a single LEED credit? Of course it would be a rough figure, but I think it could be a useful metric in convincing a client to go for a particular level of certification, for example.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Kevin - At this time we don't have a study or metric that discusses the dollar value of a single LEED credit. I did find this article though ( which discusses the value of Green building.
Project Manager, Colliers International
Hi Kristen!!! Thanks for the reply. Just want to understand that this 14% of water consumption is on the higher side or as per the requirement of USGBC, as i have read somewhere that in the United States alone, buildings account for: • 72% of electricity consumption, • 39% of energy use, • 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, • 40% of raw materials use, • 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually), and • 14% of potable water consumption. Just wanted to understand these figures whether they are on higher side and can be lowered down following USGBC norms. Many Thanks :-)
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Pankaj, we appreciate your interest in water conservation. The article notes that in the US, buildings account for water use and that green buildings attempt to save 15% of that, so we anticipate that would reduce to 11.9% if all buildings were green and nothing else changed. Of course, other things do change. Agriculture and industrial processes are discovering the value of using less water, so it's not possible to predict what the equation might be years from now.
Project Manager, Colliers International
Hi Everyone!!! Please help me clarifying the statement "In the United States alone, buildings account for 14% of potable water consumption." Does this mean 14% of total potable water available globally? Please correct me if i am wrong. Many Thanks :-)
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Pankaj, thank you for your question. To clarify this statement, water use in buildings in the U.S. contributes to 14% of the total potable water consumption in the United States. I hope this helps!
Hi, Instead of square feet, what is the specific number of the LEED certified Buildings? And the number of registered buildings? Thanks!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The current values for LEED certified and registered buildings worldwide changes daily. As of June 8th we have approximately 115,500 registered and 54,000 certified projects world wide. This data includes all rating systems (Canada, India, Homes, ND, Volume etc.) For a detailed breakdown of data by country or type of rating system you can always check out Keep in mind that data isn't aggregated daily through GBIG and may be slightly behind the values I offered.
Mark N Tompkins is CEO and founder of Mark Tompkins Montrose Capital, Mark Tompkins Montrose Capital
Very useful resources. Thank you!
Thanks for resources!
What % of the total US built environment is LEED certified?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi, Patrick. That statistic is hard to pin down, as the USGBC doesn't track the overall inventory of buildings in the US. For related data, consult the "Market Briefs" on our website (link: and the USGBC’s Green Building Economic Impact Report (link:
hi.. I want to know, if possible, the number of buildings / projects that receive LEED certificate in World wide ,or register for it? not just statistic of 10 countries.../ the number of projects and their total areas?
Architect, Noticias en OVACEN
Undoubtedly the benefits of LEED certification to the property market are clear and beneficial for investors. With a higher rate in sales of the traditional real estate properties. Excellent article. A greeting

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