Despite a whole lot of chatter surrounding the delayed balloting of LEED 2012 (or LEED V.4 as it’s now being referred), the four-year-old residential arm of the U.S. Green Building Council’s certification system recently managed to reach a mighty impressive milestone: the number of LEED for Homes-certified projects has now surpassed the 20,000 mark.


It seems like just yesterday (okay, so maybe it was April of last year) that the USGBC certified its 10,000th  residential project: Salishan 7, a mixed-income redevelopment project in this blogger’s hometown of Tacoma, Wash. that scored LEED Platinum (the first Hope VI Redevelopment project in the nation to do so).


While the USGBC doesn’t specify the exact project that pushed the organization over the 20,000 mark, a press release does name a few recently certified projects of note including eight affordable LEED Platinum homes built within the Coconut Cove development in Cape Coral, Fl. and Dallas' AMLI at Escena, the first two low-rise, LEED Gold-certified multifamily buildings to be built in the state of Texas. A home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was also recently granted with LEED Silver certification under the LEED for Homes International Pilot.


Says Nate Kredich, the USGBC’s Vice President of Residential Market Development:


There are green homes, and then there are LEED homes. This milestone is evidence that the residential market is increasingly recognizing this fact. LEED for Homes is moving the residential market further and faster towards high-performing, healthy homes that save residents money.

Over half of all LEED-certified homes fall into the affordable housing category and there are 79,000 (!) more projects in the pipeline, according to the USGBC. Is your own home one of the current 20,000?

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

20,000 and growing: LEED for Homes surpasses milestone
The U.S. Green Building Council announces that a not-too-shabby 20,000 residential building projects have been bestowed with LEED for Homes certification and t