The US Green Building Council has just released their annual list of top 10 states for LEED certifications in 2012. The list is measured by per-capita and building square footage with Washington DC topping the list again this year, but there is a new #1 for the states. The USGBC also reported that more existing buildings are being certified than new buildings: 53% of total square footage of LEED certification is for Existing Buildings, while 32% is for New Construction. For the full list and more information check out the USGBC site.

Located on College Street in the heart of downtown Asheville, Pack Square Park Pavilion serves as a visitor and information center for Pack Square Park. The building also serves as the Park's public restroom facility, which was designed with hygiene in mind. Diffuse natural light, graffiti resistant porcelain tile, water efficient fixtures, and energy efficient hand dryers all play important roles in the facility's four unisex toilet rooms. The Pavilion is viewed not only from the Park but also from the surrounding buildings, so the need to conceal mechanical equipment and plumbing vents was required by City of Asheville regulatory agencies.

Living Green Magazine posted a great article with simple tips for homeowners who want to reduce energy costs by remodeling. To get the most for your money consider your home's envelope: insulation levels (especially in the attic/roof) and caulking and weatherstripping around windows and doors are a good place to start. (Photo courtesy Living Green Magazine)