Tag: Green building

America’s Greenest Cities

America’s Greenest Cities (yes, Chicago made the list)

(via and originally posted on the Coldwell Banker blog)

Mother Nature Network (MNN) recently ranked the top 10 greenest cities in America based on several key measurements. This green ranking got me curious about current homes for sale, so I went window shopping on coldwellbanker.com to find some amazing green homes.

Austin, Texas ranked No. 10 on MNN’s greenest cities list.

Single story David Weekley "Dodie" Green Home with a relaxing fr

9550 Savannah Ridge Dr #10, Austin, TX. Listed by Dorie & Gene Dillard. Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

This craftsman style home is certified under the Environments for Living Program for optimum energy and meets Energy Star certification.

Austin, TX 2

206 Timberline Rd, Georgetown, TX. Listed by Lisa Hassel. Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

This new construction home has a hot water recirculating system, not to mention a huge kitchen.

Chicago, Ill. ranked No. 9 on the greenest cities in America list.

Chicago

Chicago 2

206 Timberline Rd, Georgetown, TX. Listed by Lisa Hassel. Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

This Old Town neighborhood eco-friendly home even has a green roof over the garage.

10 States That Lead Green Building

10 States That Lead Green Building

Illinois is the greenest state in the country, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most recognized green building rating system. This was not new to us…we know of Illinois’ green efforts. For the second year in a row, Illinois has the most square feet of LEED space per state resident. The list also shows significant committment by states to embrace building projects that use less energy and water, save money for the community, and emphasize sustainable building design and construction.

“Every story about a green building is a story about people,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “USGBC’s annual recognition of the Top 10 States for LEED goes beyond gross square feet or number of projects and factors in LEED’s potential in a given state to be part of the daily life of the state’s residents. This per-capita approach tells a great story about how LEED has become an important benchmark in the transformation of the nation’s built environment. LEED certified buildings and the innovations they have driven contribute substantially to our national economic growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life in the communities where they are found.”

Illinois leads with a whopping 174 building certifications that average out to 3.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. The addition of Georgia and Arizona to the top 10 list represents the growing support for sustainable and green building in the South and Southwest.

The Top 10 LEED Certified States of 2014:

  1. Illinois
  2. Colorado
  3. Maryland
  4. Virginia
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Hawaii
  7. California
  8. Georgia
  9. Minnesota
  10. (tied) Arizona and New York

Source: “USGBC Releases the Top 10 States for LEED Green Building Per Capita in Nation,” U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (Feb. 4, 2015)…via Realtor Mag. Click here for the entire post.