D.C. Will Have 75 LEED-Certified Buildings By End of 2011
The Downtown DC BID's January 2010 newsletter picks out a few interesting facts from a recent development report, prepared by the Washington, DC Economic Partnership.
Thanks to the Green Building Act of 2006—which requires public and private commercial buildings to meet certain green benchmarks—more than 75 buildings will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects by the end of 2011. That includes 37 Silver, 23 Gold and five Platinum buildings.
The Green Building Act itself (PDF here) has expanding requirements, which change every year through 2012 to include more buildings that must be LEED certified during construction. Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency ranked D.C. fourth on a list of energy efficient cities, behind Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston.