What were your most important green-building stories of the year? LEED v4 development? Studies quantifying sustainable return on investment? Wrapping up 2012, we compiled the most-read news stories of 2012 from ECO-STRUCTURE's website. Click through and then comment below on what headlines you'd rather see in the top 10.


  1. Energy Modeling is Not Just for Engineers
    The AIA releases an energy modeling guide to help architects become familiar with evaluating the performance of the buildings that they design

  2. New Tax Incentives for Green Building
    New York passes property tax exemption legislation for LEED-certified projects.

  3. AIA Announces 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project
    A mix of office buildings, education facilities, and multiple-building plans from the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest take home the majority of the annual honors.

  4. Biophilic Design Could Save Millions of Dollars
    A new white paper shows biophilic design strategies could save $93 million per year in healthcare costs and $247.5 million in lost parental wages in New York City, and increase retail environment profits by $47.5 million.

  5. Pittsburgh Becomes Third 2030 Eco-District in the U.S.
    The city now has 20 years to become carbon neutral.

  6. USGBC Announces Top 10 States for LEED Buildings
    Washington, DC, has the most LEED-certified buildings per capita.

  7. Zero-Energy Commercial Buildings On the Rise
    The number of zero-energy commercial buildings and zero-energy-capable commercial buildings is on the rise in the U.S.

  8. Global Holcim Award Winners Announced
    A secondary school in Burkina Faso, a community center in Brazil, and an urban renewal plan in Germany take top honors.

  9. USA Today vs. USGBC
    The national newspaper and the green-building giant go back and forth on the value and integrity of LEED and green building.

  10. 10 Hot Product Finds from Greenbuild
    New market introductions from the biggest green-building show of the year make for big news.