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Here's how our building practices compare to other U.S. real estate hubs

The United States saw more than 3,400 properties win LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council over the past year, a surge in energy-efficient construction affecting some 1,324 cities throughout the country.

The flurry of activity pushed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designations to a record 28,582 properties as of March 14, with approximately 12 percent of those certifications — 3,442 properties in all — occurring since January 2016. The LEED-certification program has been among the key barometers used to measure energy-efficient building practices globally since 2004.

Go here for a complete ranking of U.S. cities, sorted by the number of LEED-certified projects approved since Jan. 1, 2016

Most of the certifications between January 2016 and mid-March were concentrated along both U.S. coasts. Washington, D.C., and New York topped all U.S. cities with 112 certifications and 108 certifications, respectively, while San Fancisco (72) and Los Angeles (59) also ranked among the top five. Chicago, the only non coastal-region city near the top of the stack, ranked third nationally with 75 certifications over that same span.

Most of the certifications between January 2016 and mid-March were concentrated along both U.S. coasts. Washington, D.C., and New York topped all U.S. cities with 112 certifications and 108 certifications, respectively, while San Fancisco (72) and Los Angeles (59) also ranked among the top five. Chicago, the only non coastal-region city near the top of the stack, ranked third nationally with 75 certifications over that same span.