More than 101,000 green building professionals have now earned the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) credential, according to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
During the economic downturn of the past year, the increase in LEED APs outpaced GBCI's most aggressive projections, doubling in the last year, the Institute said.
Certifications are expected to increase further following the recent launch of two new LEED credentials: the Green Associate for allied professions, new green builders, and graduating students; and a specialized credential for Green Building Operations & Maintenance.
GBCI was created to administer credentialing programs for green building professionals. Earlier this year, GBCI assumed responsibility for administering the LEED building certification program as well.
Curently, more than 20,000 commercial projects have registered for, or completed, LEED certification.