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Chicago Real Estate Development Contributes to State’s Green Status

March 05, 2011

Illinois was nicknamed the Prairie State because it was once covered in prairie grasses. Much of that grass has been developed upon, but the state is still covered in green.

The U.S. Green Building Council has released its list of top 10 states that have the most green buildings per capita, and Illinois is on that list.

Illinois ranks eighth of all states and the District of Columbia for the most LEED-certified space per person in 2010. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Parc Huron

Parc Huron is the first apartment building in Chicago to be LEED-certified.

Based on 2010 Census information, the state has 3.09 square feet of LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita.

“Using per capita, versus the more traditional numbers of projects, or pure square footage, is a reminder to all of us that the people who live and work, learn and play in buildings should be what we care about most,” said USGBC SVP of LEED, Scot Horst.

“2010 was a difficult year for most of the building industry, but in many areas, the hunger for sustainable development kept the markets moving.”

One notable 2010 green Chicago real estate project was the construction of Parc Huron, a multi-use residential property. The River North apartment building is the first downtown Chicago rental building to earn LEED GOLD certification.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, these are the top LEED states per capita and the District of Columbia, which leads the pack:

1. District of Columbia: 25.15 square feet

2. Nevada: 10.92 square feet

3. New Mexico: 6.35 square feet

4. New Hampshire: 4.49 square feet

5. Oregon: 4.07 square feet

6. South Carolina: 3.19 square feet

7. Washington: 3.16 square feet

8. Illinois: 3.09 square feet

9. Arkansas: 2.9 square feet

10. Colorado: 2.85 square feet

11. Minnesota: 2.77 square feet

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