St. Louis green buildings on the rise

Eight new structures joined this year's list of the metro area's highest-rated LEED-certified buildings, and two of them earned certification from the U.S. Green Building Council just this year.

The BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine, ranked 22nd, earned certification in March. Washington University’s Family Learning Center, ranked seventh, earned certification in January. The other six buildings new to the list earned their certifications in 2010, and all are LEED-certified gold. In fact, every building listed this year is gold-certified or better, making this the first time that structures LEED-certified silver haven’t made the list’s cutoff.

Despite the continued addition of buildings that meet some of the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest green standards, the two top-ranked buildings on the list have also been certified the longest. Alberici Office Headquarters, again ranked first, was LEED-certified platinum in July 2005 while the William A. Kerr Foundation Office, again ranked second. It was LEED-certified platinum in July 2007.

That’s quite a long-stading record — the majority of buildings on the list gained certification within the last two years — made even more impressive because the list is populated every year by greener and greener buildings. Indeed, 10 years ago there was just one LEED certified project in the St. Louis region while today there are more than 80 commercial and 60 residential LEED certified projects in Missouri and Southern Illinois, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Missouri Gateway Chapter 2010 annual report.

Read more in the St. Louis Business Journal.

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