By Scott Carlson
Special to The Daily Reporter
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification is rising in popularity for Wisconsin buildings, despite the costs associated with the recognition and the continued struggles of the construction market.
Through the first five months of 2010, 27 projects in Wisconsin earned LEED certification, according to data from the U.S. Green Building Council. At that rate, Wisconsin is likely to surpass the 38 LEED certifications it earned in 2009, said Marie Coleman, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Green Building Council.