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Green Building Opportunity Index Ranks Competitiveness of US Office Markets

Sustainable communities get stronger with greener commercial buildings ... but how affordable are these green commercial buildings in the top markets?

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Why does one market tend to have more LEED Certified buildings than another? What is the impact of vacancy rates, utility incentives, or public policies on the feasibility and economics of "going green?” I

Building owners, architects and green building consultants can determine where green development brings competitive advantages, or where it is simply an emerging standard.

Index of Real Estate Fundamentals and Green Development Considerations

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (NEEA) BetterBricks initiative, in collaboration with global real estate company Cushman & Wakefield, just released the Green Building Opportunity Index, the first study ranking top U.S. office markets on the basis of both real estate fundamentals and green development considerations.

The Index focuses on the primary factors that influence successful development, retro-fitting, leasing and sales of investment grade green office buildings in the top 25 U.S. markets.

It compares a market's relative position to its peers in six categories: Office Market Conditions, Investment Outlook, Green Adoption & Implementation, Local Mandates & Incentives, State Energy Initiatives and Green Culture.

As a tool to examine the overall "climate" for green building, the Index will help a broad spectrum of professionals determine where the favorable conditions exist for green buildings. Investment/pension fund managers and developers can use this data to consider where to put their money and why. City policy makers, utility staff and planners can examine the data to understand what new policies and incentives might be useful to accelerate green building activity.

The Green Building Opportunity Index's top 12 markets overall:

  • San Francisco
  • Oakland
  • Midtown New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Orange County
  • Downtown New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • San Diego
  • Boston
  • Seattle
  • Portland, Ore.
Download the report here.



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