Over the last few years you have probably heard a lot about “green initiatives” for commercial office buildings, an effort to reduce energy consumption and conserve resources. According to the U.S Department of Energy, office buildings are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 39% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 74% of the electricity produced each year in the United States.
Washington, D.C., based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing encouragement and guidelines for the global adoption of strategies aimed at helping office buildings: –Lower operating costs –Reduce waste sent to landfills –Increase energy savings and water efficiency –Improve indoor environmental quality thus safer occupancy for tenants –Reduce CO2 emissions So you may be wondering how well Austin office space buildings stack up to the rest of the U.S.? Below is a list of the cities in the U.S. with the highest number of buildings that currently have Leed certifications:
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As you can see Austin is a little behind the other cities however with over 200 other registered buildings on file you will soon be able to find more office space for lease with a Leed certifications.