Chicago Among Nation’s Best For Green Construction!
How many construction sites do you pass each day?
Probably at least one — and if you’re in (or moving to) a fast-growing metropolis like Chicago, Seattle or Boston probably more than you’d care to keep track of. For most cities, growth is a perpetual goal, and all of that growth, both economic and in population, eats up a lot of space.
In July 2017 alone, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 1.2 million residential building permits were issued, 1.16 million housing projects were started, and 1.18 million housing projects were completed.
ABODO Apartments recently conducted a report to answer a number of questions, such as: What is the impact of producing and transporting materials for so many projects? How will new buildings affect the local environment? How much energy do they require? As concerns about human impact on climate change grow, so does interest in sustainable building practices.
The U.S. Green Building Council developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification to provide a framework for businesses and organizations with an eye for sustainability. From concept to conception, LEED certification standards reduce the carbon footprint, energy costs, and overall negative environmental impacts of commercial and residential building projects.
LEED certification currently comprises about 40% of green construction’s contribution to the economy, according to the USGBC’s Leticia McCadden, and by 2018, LEED is expected to directly contribute nearly $30 million to the nation’s GDP. A 2016 study by Dodge Data and Analytics projected that green building around the globe doubles every three years.
Even if you haven’t heard of LEED construction, it’s all around you, especially in Chicago. ABODO Apartments found that Chicago is one of the U.S. cities in which green construction is thriving as the city strives to be the eco-friendliest possible. Notably, Chicago is home to 680 residential LEED-certified projects, which ranks #11 in the entire U.S.
With those 680 projects, already certified, Chicago outscored many huge and popular U.S. cities like Boston, Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Houston and San Jose. Other major metro areas like Seattle, San Francisco and New York also scored very well for LEED certified construction.
Although it’s just one of the ways to manage building sustainability, LEED certifies 2.2 million square feet every day, and comprises more than 5.77 billion square feet in 165 countries around the world, with another 13 billion more square feet still in the works.
Sustainability is a growing trend, and it’s growing hand-in-hand with new residential development. Although large metropolitan areas like New York and and Washington, D.C., have the most certified LEED square footage, smaller cities like Denver aren’t being left behind and are staying competitive with projects per capita.
The future looks pretty green in the Windy City.
Guest Blogger - Matt Lawler