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St. Louis sees rise in LEED-certified buildings

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(KMOV) – Government tax incentives make going green attractive to developers, and it’s a national trend that’s catching on in St. Louis.

One LEED-certified building in south St. Louis that’s under construction is already pulling in new business.

LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.” LEED buildings have been going up all over the country for more than a decade.

Chouteau Crossing will soon be home to Dynalabs, a pharmaceutical testing company. It’s one of the fastest growing companies in the country. The development will also be home to the headquarters of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36.

According to the Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, there was one LEED-certified building in the region 10 years ago. Today, there are 81 commercial and 65 residential, a total of 146.

St. Louis County is actively seeing to attract more of these buildings to attract more businesses, and right now, the United States Green Building Council says 100 buildings in the region have applications to become LEED certified.

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