Study Finds Significant Gap in Number of Large and Small Green Buildings

Study Finds Significant Gap in Number of Large and Small Green Buildings

62% of large buildings qualify as green, compared to less than 5% of small buildings
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Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 6:35am

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Owners of small buildings have an opportunity to differentiate themselves by implementing energy-efficient practices, due to a significant gap between large and small office buildings in achieving green certification, according to a new study by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University.

The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index, a joint project of CBRE and Maastricht, found that 62.1 percent of office buildings in the U.S. greater than 500,000 square feet are considered green — holding either a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star label, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, or both. In contrast, only 4.5 percent of all U.S. office buildings less than 100,000 square feet qualified as green.

“Our 2015 study confirmed that green building adoption has been primarily a big building, first-tier city phenomenon,” said David Pogue, CBRE’s global director of corporate responsibility. “It would appear that many smaller buildings in the majority of large markets still have an opportunity to be ‘best in class’ among their peer set by achieving these certifications.”

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