2015 National Green Building Adoption Index

The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index is our second annual comprehensive review of the growth of green building certifications in the 30 largest U.S. office markets. Tracking the growth of both EPA ENERGY STAR® and USGBC LEED® certifications, this study is the first ever to accurately measure the rise of these important environmental recognitions in the commercial real estate market. The analysis develops both national and individual statistics with supporting narrative examinations of each market, allowing comparisons between marketplaces. Additionally, this year’s study examines building performance by various size categories, providing further analytical detail to this increasingly important market phenomena. The project was accomplished by a research team from Maastricht University, supported by CBRE market research as well as EPA ENERGY STAR and USGBC LEED data.

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2014 National Green Building Adoption Index

Maastricht University’s Green Building Adoption Index is the first study to quantify the relevance of green building practices in the commercial real estate market. Based on EPA ENERGY STAR and USGBC LEED statistical data from 2005 through 2013 the study examines more than 34,000 buildings totaling more than 3.5 billion square feet in the top 30 U.S. markets. The resulting evidence shows that green has become mainstream in the majority of U.S. cities.​​​

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Real Green Research Challenge Winners

Recipients of the ​USD 1,000,000 Real Green Research Challenge include:

  • Green Building Adoption Index - Maastricht University
  • Green Alpha Index - EURO Institute of Real Estate Management
  • Energy Management Practices and the Implications for Commercial Real Estate - Stanford University
  • Which Sustainability Features do Tenants Really Want, and Which Would They Pay For - Cleveland State/Central Michigan University
  • Engagement Strategies for improving Tenant Energy Management Performance - New York University

These organizations are pursuing significant projects that will better shape our understanding of sustainability in the built environment. Look for periodic outcomes from these industry experts over the next two years.​