In the first six months of 2016, Houston added 29 LEED certified commercial projects, a 6.71% increase, for a total of 461 projects. The top 50 U.S. cities added 508 LEED certified commercial projects, an exact 6.00% increase over project totals at the end of 2015. Currently, the top 50 U.S. cities now host a total of 8,891 certified commercial projects.
In the same six months, the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) added a total of 36 LEED certified commercial project, a 6.63% increase. The top 50 US MSAs added 1,098 certified commercial projects, a 6.68% increase.
The Top 50 Metropolitan Area certified projects increased 1,098 or 6.68% to a total of 17,539 LEED certified commercial projects. The top 50 U.S. project square footage in city limits increased 111.2 million square feet or 6.79% to a total of 1.749 billion sq. ft. and square footage in metropolitan areas increased 177.7 million sq. ft. or 7.00% to a total of 2.716 billion sq. ft.
The numbers almost uniformly show a slight dip in certifications compared to last year’s totals. For example, Houston is on track to certify 58 projects this year, compared to a total of 63 in 2015.
There were also two cities that dropped in the number of certifications from the end of 2015. I don’t see that year-end data was faulty, but I can’t account for the drop either. It could possibly be because of LEED-EB projects not recertifying and losing their certifications.
The data below is for LEED commercial projects and excludes LEED for Homes and LEED-Neighborhood Development projects.
Number of Certified Projects in City Limits
Houston reaches the midpoint of 2016 with an additional 29 LEED certified projects for a total of 461 LEED certified projects. Houston is still ranked #5, following behind NYC, Washington D.C., Chicago and San Francisco. NYC was the biggest gainer with 56 (8.3%) new certifications with Washington DC close behind with 52 new certifications. The Top 9 all stayed the same, but Boston moved up one spot to #10, Denver moved up one spot to #11 and Portland made the room by falling from #10 to #12. The biggest percentage increases were made by San Antonio (9.76%), Nashville (9.71%), Boston (8.75%) and San Francisco (8.52%).
|1||New York City||731|
|35||Salt Lake City||89|
|43||Kansas City, MO||62|
Number of Certified Projects in Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA)
The Houston MSA added 36 projects through June 30, a 6.63% increase, for a total of 579 certified projects in the MSA and maintained the #8 spot overall. Atlanta and San Diego continue their dance and switched places again with Atlanta taking over the #10 spot and San Diego at #11. Sacramento and Riverside each moved up a single spot to #20 and #21, respectively. Pittsburgh fell two spaces to #22. Nashville made a two spot jump to #32. Washington D.C. retained the top spot and furthered its lead by adding more projects than any other MSA, an additional 137 projects for an 8.97% increase. The other big MSA gainers were Tampa (9.49%), Nashville (9.29%), New York City (8.39%), Miami (8.31%), Denver (8.29%), Baltimore (8.14%) and Boston (8.06%).
|2||New York City||1,447|
|34||Salt Lake City||151|
|35||Kansas City, MO||145|
Area of Certified Projects in City Limits (in Million sq. ft.)
Houston retained the #3 position in total building area of certified projects within city limits, adding 7.60 million sq. ft., a 5.98% increase, for a total of 134.6 million sq. ft. Chicago widened its national lead by adding the list’s only double digit increase of 13.00 million sq. ft. (6.84%). San Diego (now #14) and Minneapolis (now #15) switched places. Austin was the biggest percentage gainer in this category moving up two spaces to #18, knocking Miami down two spaces to #20. Austin gained 5.46 million sf or 24.93% on the certifications of several very large projects including a JW Marriott Hotel, the Block D24 Condo project and the Airport’s Rental Car Facility. Other cities also had significant gains: Philadelphia (14.78%), Tampa moved up three spots to #28 (14.42%), Boston (13.80%), Cleveland moved up two spots to #24 (12.95%), and Dallas (12.36%).
|2||New York City||175.30|
|35||Kansas City, MO||9.08|
|38||Salt Lake City||8.84|
Area of Certified Projects in MSAs (in MSF)
Houston stayed in the #6 position in square footage of certified projects in Metropolitan Statistical Areas, adding 8.10 million square feet (5.78%) reaching a total of 148.2 msf. Washington D.C. still leads this category and has pulled away from #2 Chicago by adding 19.5 msf in just six months. The top 12 remain the same, then Miami moves up to #13, Las Vegas moves up to #14 with Portland falling to #16. Philadelphia is the biggest jumper, moving from #18 to #15 with a 10.75% gain. Austin again has the biggest percentage increase (21.79%) because of its city numbers. Austin moved from #25 to #24. Other big gains were Nashville (16.93%), Tampa (11.78%), Boston (11.67%), and Denver (10.27%).
|3||New York City||248.70|
|35||Kansas City, MO||17.13|
|37||Salt Lake City||15.18|
Source: www.gbig.org, data taken on 06/30/2016
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