Maryland ranks well for green building

Almost 11 million square feet of building space in Maryland was designated last year as environmentally friendly, making it one of the top-ranking states for such certifications in 2012.

Only five states other than Maryland had more space per capita stamped with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) seal last year, according to a recent statement by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Washington, D.C., Virginia, Colorado, Massachusetts and Illinois were the handful of jurisdictions that surpassed Maryland in the standings, which take into account commercial and institutional buildings.

“When it comes to green building, Maryland has much to be proud of,” said Mary Pulcinella, executive director of the council’s Maryland chapter. “From neighborhoods to schools, public policy to building code, we are designing and developing better communities.”

Among the Maryland buildings given LEED certification last year were Bowie City Hall, the Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis and the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia.

“Securing a spot on this list is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved in the green building movement in Maryland,” said Rick Fedrizzi, the U.S. Green Building Council’s president and CEO.

“From architects and designers to local chapter advocates, their collective efforts have brought sustainable building design and use to the forefront of Maryland’s discussion on the environment, and I applaud their efforts to create a healthier present and future for the people of Maryland,” Fedrizzi said.

The LEED scale is one of the most widely used green building certification systems. Buildings given LEED certification are designed to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and conserve water and energy.

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