Commercial real estate company CBRE’s 2017 National Green Building Adoption Index (GBAI)
unveiled the top 30 green building markets in the U.S. with Chicago topping
the list. The report also shows slight
growth in certification in these markets and highlights the expectation for
green development to continue.
The report, which was produced in a
partnership with Maastricht University,
measures the growth in green building
practices by calculating facilities and
space that have received certifications
from ENERGY STAR, LEED or both.
The 2017 report showed overall green
growth in the largest U.S. markets, with
38% of all office space earning at least
one of the two certifications. This is a
small increase from the 2016 report,
What Are the Top Markets for
REPORT IDENTIFIES THE 30 BEST AREAS TO GO GREEN IN
tainability through law and incentives, it
is likely that the industry will see this as
a continuing trend.
“The momentum in the commercial
real estate industry toward improving
building operating performance and
enhancing building quality is hard to
derail,” explains Dr. Nils Kok, an associate professor at Maastricht University.
Other findings in the study show
that in the top markets, ENERGY STAR
was a more common certification than
LEED, as 3,854 total buildings had
achieved its energy efficiency standards
compared to 1,977 buildings meeting
the sustainability requirements of LEED.
Read the full report and access its
interactive map at www.cbre.com.
THE REPORT FOUND THAT 38% of building
space in the largest markets were certified
by 2016, a slight increase from 2015 (37%)
but much higher than in 2005 (5%).
which found 37% of space was certified,
but it is a vast improvement from 2005’s
low sum of 5%. Buildings that failed to
renew certifications did not count in the
Despite the current political environment and its impact on sustainability,
several cities have implemented benchmarking laws and have seen an increase
in green building practices and certifications. The study cites 22 cities, the
District of Columbia, two counties and
two states that put laws in place requiring privately owned buildings to measure and share energy information.
For example, the report details how
green building space in Kansas City
increased 5% after a benchmarking law
was enacted in 2015. Likewise, Atlanta
also saw a 5% improvement after its
own benchmarking and energy audit law
passed. As cities continue to drive sus-
CERTIFICATION BY SQUARE
GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION
BY BUILDING NUMBER
TOP 30 GREEN BUILDING MARKETS IN U.S.
WALNUT CREEK, CA
ORANGE COUNTY, CA
SAN JOSE, CA
KANSAS CITY, MO
n Both: 4% (1,451 buildings)
n ENERGY STAR: 7% (2,403 buildings)
n LEED: 1% (526 buildings)
n Non-Certified: 88% ( 31,077 buildings)
n Both: 18% (666 million square feet)
n ENERGY STAR: 16% (563 msf)
n LEED: 4% (161 msf)
n Non-Certified: 62% (2,239 msf)