Green Goes Mainstream

Star Tribune -- Once a fringe concern in commercial buildings, energy-efficient buildings now offer a key competitive advantage.

... When building operators agree to partner with the Energy Star program, they commit to making continuous improvements in their energy usage and to keep benchmarking their performance.

The benefits, Fransen said, are measurable. A recent study by CB Richard Ellis and the University of San Diego's Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate indicated energy-efficient buildings were more intensively managed, fetched higher rents per square foot and had higher occupancy rates and tenant retention than the general market. (Full Story)

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