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Green Building: LEED Certified Commercial Buildings Reach Milestone


USGBC Milestone for LEED Certified Commercial Buildings

On March 27, 2012, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that a 12,000th commercial building has been certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.

The 12,000th commercial project is the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, which earned a LEED Gold certification. While there are now 12,000 commercial LEED certified projects, the Refuge is one of more than 31,000 total LEED certified projects - including homes, schools, and hospitals.

Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the USGBC, said, “Twelve years after the first 12 projects earned LEED certification, the green building community has reached a significant milestone."

Study: Worker Productivity Higher in LEED Certified Banks

Two professors from the University of Notre Dame recently published a study that showed that employees who work in LEED certified PNC banks are more productive than those who work in PNC banks that are not LEED certified.

Professor Edward Conlon said, “We compared the amount of money deposited at LEED and non-LEED branches, and we found more money has been deposited in the LEED branches. We divided the amount by the branches’ total number of employees to come up with a per-employee dollar amount.”

Using this method, the researchers found that LEED certified banks saw $461,300 per employee after controlling for other variables that impact performance, such as consumer net worth, demographics, marketing, size of the branch, etc.

The study compared 93 LEED certified banks to 469 non-LEED certified banks. PNC has more LEED certified buildings than any other U.S. company.

Green Jobs: LEED Accreditation

With the increasing number of LEED certified building projects and continued research on the benefits of LEED buildings, building professionals may benefit from LEED accreditation.

The LEED Green Associate and LEED AP credentials demonstrate a professional's knowledge of LEED and green building principles. The LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates a general understanding of the LEED rating systems and green building concepts, while the LEED AP with specialty proves an in-depth understanding of a specific LEED rating system.

While both LEED credentials could improve a professional's chances of landing work on a LEED project, a LEED project can earn 1 point for having a LEED AP on staff - making it even more advantageous.

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Green Advantage Certification & LEED Innovation Credits

Similarly, individuals attaining Green Advantage Certification – designed with construction field & specialty trade personnel in mind – can not only improve chances of landing work on a LEED project, but also improve the likelihood that green goals are met. A LEED Innovation in Design Credit (IDc1 / #5413) is available on eligible projects that meet the Green Advantage Field Personnel Standard™ – 30% or more of select project personnel are Green Advantage Certified. More information about this recognition of “Third Party Personnel Credentials and Certifications in LEED” can be found on the Green Advantage website, .