US: LEED certification reaches milestone

The 12,000th project to be awarded LEED Gold certification is the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, which has been rebuilt after the original facility was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

The US Green Building Council has given its LEED certification to the 12,000th commercial project.
“Twelve years after the first 12 projects earned LEED certification, the green building community has reached a significant milestone,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chairman of the council. “The momentum for green buildings is rippling around the globe, enhancing the built environment for generations to come.”
The 12,000th project is the LEED Gold Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Paid for by the stimulus, the building was rebuilt after the original facility was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The facility will house new wildlife exhibits, an environmental education centre, and National Parks employees.