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.
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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.”