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LEED-ing the Way

LEED-ing the Way
March 6, 2014 Cassee Cunningham

nc 7th in leed designationsAnyone who knows me knows that green building and green living are passions of mine.  That’s why I was really excited to see that NC ranked 7th in the nation for properties that earned LEED certifications in 2013!

LEED is short for  Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.  It’s a concept in construction that is transforming the industry by addressing the entire building lifecycle – from initial design and construction through to operations and maintenance.

NC’s 7th-place designation was made by the US Green Building Council.  According to the USGBC, 133 projects in North Carolina earned LEED certification last year, for a total of 17.2 million square feet.  North Carolina has more than 4,800 LEED credentialed professionals.

Charlotte’s own Duke Energy Center is just one the area’s buildings awarded LEED certification last year. Owned by Wells Fargo Corp., the skyscraper achieved a LEED Platinum rating, the highest rating possible.  It is considered one of the greenest buildings in the world.

Image: US Green Building Council website