Square Footage of LEED-Certified Existing Buildings Surpasses New Construction

For the first time, the total square footage of LEED-certified existing buildings surpassed LEED-certified new construction, according to the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Historically, USGBC has seen the majority of LEED-certification volume and sq. ft.  comprised of new construction projects. As of December, the sq. ft. of LEED-certification for existing buildings exceeded new construction by 15 million sq. ft. on a cumulative basis.

Examples of iconic existing buildings that have received LEED certification:

  • Empire State Building: LEED Gold certified. The renovations will cut energy consumption by 38 percent, saving $4.4 million annually and retrieving the cost of implementation in three years. To read more about the Empire State Building receiving LEED-certification read this article.
  • Taipei 100: Certified LEED Platinum. The world’s second tallest building was redesigned to use 30 percent less energy which will reduce utility costs by $700,000 annually.
  • Transamerica Pyramid: LEED Platinum Certification. One of San Francisco’s most recognized buildings has an onsite co-generation plant saving $700,000 in energy costs annually.

To learn more about LEED-certification for existing buildings, visit usgbc.org/LEED/EB. While many feel that the initial cost of implementing a building automation system is too steep, the energy cost savings pay for the price of installation in a relatively short period of time. If you are interested in building automation, energy managementlighting control or other related solutions, contact Advanced Control Corporation today. Maintaining a solid reputation since 1987, Advanced Control is one of the finest controls companies in South Florida.