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 USGBC and EPA Energy Star data.

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Winners Get Down to Work

Recipients of the ​USD 1,000,000 Real Green Research Challenge have been officially named, and are now pursuing significant projects that will better shape our understanding of sustainability in the built environment. Energy usage analysis, standardized metrics and projected savings earned from green operations are all in the pipeline and already producing results. Look for periodic outcomes from these industry experts over the next three years.​

2014 Study​

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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