The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating systems have become so popular that every single week there seem to be dozens of new certified buildings. This is fantastic news, and I applaud the design firms and companies that have committed to building green.

When I first began writing my LEED roundup in March 2009, there were still quite a few LEED firsts or buildings that really wowed me. Now that green building has been embraced by so many, I think it is time to move on from the weekly LEED roundup. Naturally I won’t stop writing about green building — it is one of my favorite topics after all — but I’ll write about exciting new LEED-related news as it happens.

As I close out this weekly feature, I’d like to look back at some of the interesting LEED certified projects that I covered in past issues of the LEED roundup.

Barton Group Headquarters: The Barton Group Headquarters building was originally built in 1865. That’s right, this historic building went through a green retrofit and managed to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Upper River Valley Hospital: Located in Waterville, New Brunswick, the Upper River Valley Hospital was Canada’s first LEED certified hospital. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) issued the certification.

Umstead Park United Church of Christ: Parishioners at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ in Raleigh, N.C., worship in a LEED Gold certified church. The church was the first LEED Gold certified house of worship in the Southeast.

New World Home: Marietta, Ga., is home to the first LEED Platinum certified factory-built home.

Pizza Fusion: The first LEED certified resident in the state of Arizona just so happens to be a chain restaurant — Pizza Fusion.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum: New York City is filled with museums, but I find it fitting that the first museum in NYC to receive LEED certification is a children’s museum.

Weekly LEED roundup – 1/22/10
The USGBC's LEED rating system saw significant growth in 2009 and green building is quickly becoming more mainstream.