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Green Building Facts

The value of green building construction starts is expected to exceed $12 billion in 2007.
(Source: McGraw-Hill Construction Analytics)

The construction market accounts for 14.2% of the $10 trillion U.S. GDP.
(Source: 2006 DOE Buildings Energy Databook).

U.S. Green Building Council Membership

  • 11,267 member organizations, including corporations, governmental agencies, nonprofits and others from throughout the industry
  • 91,000 actively engaged individuals
  • Since 2000, USGBC's membership has increased ten-fold

LEED® Green Building Rating System™

  • LEED for new construction was first released in 2000
  • LEED became available for commercial interiors/tenant improvements and existing buildings/operation and maintenance in 2004; LEED for core & shell became available in July 2006; LEED for homes and LEED for neighborhood development are currently in pilot test
  • Square feet of commercial building space registered or certified: 4 billion
  LEED Registered Projects Certified Projects
New Construction 5,294 787
Commercial Interiors 716 166
Existing Buildings 505 58
Core & Shell 981 47
Neighborhood Development 238  
Schools 63  
Retail 46  
Total 7,843 1,004
  • There are LEED projects in all 50 states and 41 countries
  • Owners of LEED-registered and certified projects represent a diverse crosssection of the industry
  • Project types of all LEED-registered and certified projects by square footage:

LEED for New Construction Buildings

Education & Accreditation

  • LEED workshop attendance: 56,011
  • LEED Accredited Professionals: 39,636
  • Greenbuild Attendees 2006: 13,382

Size and Impact of the U.S. Built Environment

U.S. Construction market in 2001 (includes all commercial, residential, industrial)
  • Represents 20% of U.S. economy
    Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National science and Technology Council: Construction Industry Statistics, 1995
  • Comprises 14.2% of the $10 trillion U.S. GDP. This includes all commercial, residential, industrial and infrastructure construction. Commercial and residential building construction constitutes 9% of the GDP.
    Source: 2006 U.S. DOE Buildings Energy Databook

Energy Consumption

  • Buildings represent 39% of U.S. primary energy use (includes fuel input for production)
    Source: 2003 U.S. DOE Buildings Energy Databook.

Electricity Consumption

  • Buildings represent 70% of U.S consumption
    Source: 2003 U.S. DOE Buildings Energy Databook

Water Use

  • Buildings use 12.2% of all potable water, or 15 trillion gallons per year
    Source: U.S. Geological Service, 1995 data.

Materials Use

  • Buildings use 40% of raw materials globally (3 billion tons annually)
    Source: Lenssen and Roodman, 1995, "Worldwatch Paper 124: A Building Revolution: How Ecology and Health Concerns are Transforming Construction," Worldwatch Institute.


  • The EPA estimates that 136 million tons of building-related construction and demolition (C&D) debris was generated in the U.S. in a single year.
    Source: U.S. EPA Characterization of Construction and Demolition Debris in the United States, 1997 Update.
  • Compare that to 209.7 million tons of municipal solid waste generated in the same year.
    Source: U.S. EPA Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste in the United States, 1997 Update. Report No. EPA530-R-98-007

Information provided by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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