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Illinois No.1 in LEED-certified Buildings

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BRIDGWATER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Construction workers work in front of already completed homes on a residential housing estate on the edge of Bridgwater on September 3, 2012 in Somerset, England. Critics of the government's plans to relax planning laws to help kick start the economy are claiming it could lead to more development in sensitive rural and protected greenbelt areas.   The chancellor, George Osborne, have called for deregulation of planning laws, raising the prospect of allowing more development of green belt land, which has angered many who have campaigned for protected green belts around urban areas to remain free of development.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

BRIDGWATER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 03: Construction workers work in front of already completed homes on a residential housing estate on the edge of Bridgwater on September 3, 2012 in Somerset, England. Critics of the government’s plans to relax planning laws to help kick start the economy are claiming it could lead to more development in sensitive rural and protected greenbelt areas. The chancellor, George Osborne, have called for deregulation of planning laws, raising the prospect of allowing more development of green belt land, which has angered many who have campaigned for protected green belts around urban areas to remain free of development. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/CAPITOL BUREAU)- Illinois is number one in the nation when it comes to environmentally friendly buildings.

The state tops the U.S. Green Building Councils list of the states with the greatest amount of LEED-certified building space per resident. To attain that certification, buildings have to use sustainable designs that less use energy and water saving money and reducing carbon emissions.

“It’s not something that’s just happening in Chicago. It’s happening all over the state,” said Brian Imus, executive director of the councils Illinois chapter. “So some of the buildings that were certified as LEED – the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria.”

There are 171 projects in the state were certifies as green last year, totaling 29 million square feet. Imus predicts that with more environmentally friendly projects in the works, Illinois should be able to keep its top ranking in 2014.

“So many folks in different sectors from the design field, engineers, folks in the construction trade, developers who recognize the value of investing in LEED green buildings,” says Imus. “Its about saving the environment and saving money at the same time.”

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