Dallas earned a gold star for green building! A new report by Abodo.com ranks the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex tops for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified residential building. In fact, Texas leads the nation with the most LEED-certified residential construction projects by a substantial margin. With 6,945 LEED-certified residential projects underway in Texas, more than half of them – 3,797, to be precise – are located in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington. California comes in second with 5,255. Nice work, Big D.

But before we get too excited about our achievements in sustainability, there are other statistics we ought to consider. Abodo cites data from the US Census Bureau showing that in July of 2017 alone, there were 1.16 million residential project starts. Of those, a measly 38,350 are designed to LEED standards.

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USGBC’s 2015 Green Building Economic Impact report found that the residential green construction market is expected to grow from $55 million in 2015 to $100.4 million in 2018, representing a year-over-year growth of 24.5 percent.

If you’re passing off eco-friendly home building as a trend that’s not worth the up-front investment, you might need to think again.

The University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Green Building Council released a report finding that, not only are green homes worth more in resale, new homes in Texas built to LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) command an 8 percent premium. Homes built to other green standards also sell at higher prices – 6 percent higher than conventional homes.

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