Los Angeles – September 17, 2014 – CBRE Group, Inc. today announced that it received the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Best of Building award as the “Best Real Estate Services Contractor” for 2014. The Best of Building Awards celebrate the year’s best products, projects, organizations and individuals making an impact in green building.
CBRE is the commercial real estate services and investment industry leader in USGBC’s LEED® for Existing Buildings certifications. CBRE’s Global Energy & Sustainability LEED Programs team has now certified 320 buildings totaling more than 102 million square feet in 30 states, accounting for approximately 10% of the 3,100 buildings with the LEED for Existing Buildings certification globally. The team is led by Gary Thomas, Director, CBRE Global Energy & Sustainability.
“This is a great honor and we appreciate the support of the USGBC community in recognizing the work of Gary and his team. They have consistently provided outstanding service to our clients and have been an excellent representative of both CBRE and the USGBC brand,” said Dave Pogue, CBRE’s Global Director of Corporate Responsibility.
“USGBC’s membership represents a diverse community of leaders that have made significant contributions to the advancement of green building,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. “We congratulate CBRE, as these peer-chosen awards reflect new and innovative achievements that are to be commended.”
The Best of Building Awards nominees and winners were selected by the members of USGBC, a community of nearly 13,000 of the world’s leading organizations invested in sustainability. Awardees were selected based on their region, size and area of specialization and are designed to showcase the most progressive, innovative organizations in the fields of green architecture, landscape, engineering, interior design and manufacturing. A full list of winners can be viewed at usgbc.org
The positive environmental impacts of CBRE’s building certifications include annual savings of more than 150 million gallons of water and more than 162 million kWh of electricity. At an average rate of $.10 per kWh, this would result in annual energy cost savings of more than $16 million and eliminate more than 112,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. This reduction in emissions equates to removing 23,591 passenger vehicles from the road for one year.
CBRE delivers energy and sustainability services around the world, with industry-leading programs and practices in all primary regions that reduce energy costs, improve building performance and drive greater value for clients. For more information, visit www.cbre.com/sustainability.
About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue). The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.