North Carolina ranks seventh-highest in the nation for environmentally friendly buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings are designed to use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and contribute to a healthier environment.
North Carolina certified 133 projects representing 17 million square feet of real estate in 2013.
The rankings were based on LEED square footage per resident.
Illinois placed first.
The ranking “was affirmation that the culture in our state values smart, efficient and beneficial development,” said Emily Scofield, executive director of the USGBC North Carolina Chapter.
“It also speaks to the sophisticated principles of North Carolina property owners and construction teams that supply the growing demand for LEED-certified spaces.”
Henderson: 704-358-5051; Twitter: @bhender
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email email@example.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less