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Top LEED States in the US for 2012

Does your state make the list? The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012. The list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED, through which approximately 2.2 billion square feet of space has been certified worldwide through 2012.

“Securing a spot on this list is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved in the green building movement in these states,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “From architects and designers to local chapter advocates, their collective efforts have brought sustainable building design and use to the forefront of the national discussion on the environment, and I applaud their efforts to create a healthier present and future for the people of their states.”

The District of Columbia tops the rankings again with 36.97 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012.

Top 5 LEED States of 2012


Shaw Contract Group Flooring is featured in many LEED certified projects including (clockwise from top left) Aflac, CBRE, IIDA Headquarters and Bank of America.

Images: emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org, durabilityanddesign.com, agcase.com, bdcnetwork.com

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LEED-Certified Projects Hit Two Billion Square Feet

The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that the total footprint of commercial projects certified under its LEED green building program surpassed two billion square feet. An additional seven billion square feet is currently in the pipeline across the globe as registered projects.

LEED, the most widely recognized and used green building program, is certifying two million square feet of commercial building space each day in more than 130 countries. Today, nearly 50,000 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising the nine billion square feet of construction space.

Shaw Contract Group carpet contributes to the LEED Green Building Rating System™ through use of recycled content, adherence to stringent indoor air quality standards, and innovation in design though Cradle to Cradle and NSF 140 certification.  A few of the most notable projects that leverage Shaw Contract Group products include Aflac, CBRE, Bank of AmericaThe Dali Museum and Steelcase.

Shaw Contract Group has been featured in many LEED-certified projects all over the world including Aflac, CBRE, Bank of America, The Dali Museum and Steelcase.

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Make It Right Completes First Frank Gehry-Designed Home

Make It Right Foundation has just completed a home by architect Frank Gehry (a first for Louisiana), best known for his titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Gehry is one of 21 local and international architects recruited by Brad Pitt, founder of Make It Right, as part of his effort to build 150 houses in the Lower 9th ward neighborhood, which was among those hardest hit in Hurricane Katrina. The foundation was formed by Pitt following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has since dedicated to rebuild 150 affordable, green, high quality homes which would allow some of the many displaced families to return to their roots.

The front (left) and back of the Frank Gehry-designed duplex for Make It Right in New Orleans

The 1,780-square-foot duplex from Gehry includes a three-bedroom, two-bathroom front house and a one-bedroom, one-bath rear house, as well as a host of impressive features: a rooftop patio covered with a waterproof solar canopy, post-industrial recycled hardwood floors, zero-VOC paint, efficient tankless water heaters – and a LEED Platinum certification.

“I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans,” says Gehry. “I love the colors that the homeowner chose. I could not have done it better.”

One of the first corporate sponsors to join the cause was Shaw Industries, which pledged to donate all the floors for all 150 homes. All carpet and wood products are certified as Cradle-to-Cradle, meaning they can be recycled over and over without any loss of performance.

Take a closer look inside the home, courtesy of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

Photos: Fast Company

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Submit to Interiors & Sources Top 10 LEED Projects Feature

Interiors & Sources is now accepting submissions for its annual Top 10 LEED Projects feature. Each year, the editors select the best of the most recently certified projects within the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system across a variety of markets, including: corporate, healthcare, hospitality, education, government/institutional facilities, retail, and public spaces. Projects must have been completed and certified (Platinum, Gold or Silver) within the past two years. No residential projects will be considered. Selected projects will be published in the October issue of Interiors & Sources.

Submission deadline is August 10, 2012. For more information, visit Interiors & Sources website.

Take a look at some great LEED-certified projects featuring Shaw Contract Group flooring by checking out our website and past Design is…Award winners.

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