With 38,353 LEED projects across the United States covering 1.32 billion square feet the green building movement is in full force. Texas has the most LEED-certified residential construction projects with 6,945 — and more than half of them are in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. California comes in second with 5,255 projects while New York settles into third place with 2,215 projects.
When it comes to cities, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV is the LEED capital of the U.S. for both residential and commercial construction. This metro area beats out the entire state of New York with 2,675 LEED-certified residential projects. But if you're looking at average residential LEED construction square footage, Chicago-Naperville-Elgine, IL-IN-WI, comes in at the top spot with 131,689 average square feet.
As for LEED-certified commercial projects, many of the metro areas that top this list also have some of the largest average residential LEED projects. The commercial LEED projects list is dominated by densely populated cities with Washington-Arlington-Alexandria once again topping the list at 1,886 LEED-certified commercial projects. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA comes in second with 1,672 projects.