Originally published on Green Building Elements.
By Dawn Killough
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently launched its new online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C. The enhanced state market briefs — highlighting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state — provide green building advocates and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state.
The dynamic market briefs for each state were created to supply green building advocates with on-the-ground information to tell robust stories about the multifaceted benefits of LEED green buildings. Each market brief acts as a state-level barometer of economic activity taking place in an industry that McGraw-Hill projects could be worth up to $248 billion and represent more than half of all commercial and institutional construction in the U.S. by 2016.
“Our state-level market briefs demonstrate USGBC’s commitment to data and information transparency at an important level of granularity. You can’t find this data anywhere else in the market,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. ”The choice to build green buildings is simple. These state-level data visualizations make it even simpler.”
Market briefs for countries outside the U.S. are available upon request, and LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development data and projects will be added later this year.
USGBC prioritizes data transparency and access through its data access policy campaign, its Green Building Information Gateway and as a joint organizer of the Data Access and Transparency Alliance. No other green building organization provides access to this level of data and information.
“Providing the green building market with this detailed level of information is critical to the success of USGBC’s mission of market transformation,” added Ramanujam.
The state market briefs can be downloaded either as a visualization or as a raw data file and are accessible at USGBC.org/advocacy/market-brief.
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