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Minneapolis, San Francisco Tops in Green Office Space

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
7/13/2014 7:56:00 PM
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Cof vice Space
Scott, perhaps the numbers would be different if measure with more criteria than Office Space. A friend told me LEED points are given for savings in transportation improvement also.

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/3/2014 9:37:48 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Add renewable energy sources/usage
@kq4ym: Let me quote for you the section of the report that deals very specifically with San Francisco and where that number comes from and hopefully that clears everything up:
Downtown San Francisco boasts some of the highest green building statistics
in the nation with 244 certified buildings representing 77.5 million sq. ft. of
office space. 18 % percent of all office buildings in San Francisco hold some
level of green certification or designation, significantly higher than the
national average of 13.2%, ranking San Francisco 6th nationally. In terms of
green office space San Francisco ranks 2nd with 67.2 % of the total square
footage certified, trailing only Minneapolis (77%).

 

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/3/2014 7:58:14 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Where does Europe fall?
@Susan: I don't have information on what Europe is doing or how it stakes up against the United States. I would assume, although I can't be sure, that the EU is moving in a similar direction. I'm also working on a story about the Asia Pacific region and sustainable building there, and I hope that will help illustrate what's happening elsewhere outside the US. If anyone has anything related to Europe, please pass along: scott.ferguson@ubm.com.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
7/3/2014 5:53:35 AM
User Rank Blogger
Where does Europe fall?
Interesting post, Scott, and encouraging. Even though the report focuses exclusively on the US, do you have any sense of where European cities might fall on the green-space curve? 

kq4ym
kq4ym  
7/2/2014 7:38:46 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Add renewable energy sources/usage
I was wondering if there was some commonality between the two cities that would bring about the top two green office results. It did seem there was a typo on San Francisco's number which I'm guessing should be 27% (not 67%) in green office space. 

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/2/2014 9:41:52 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Add renewable energy sources/usage
@Terry: A fair point there. The CBRE report does state that this is the first of these studies that company has decided to do, so maybe these are different variables that could become part of future studies of the issue. It seems that to start, they went for what was obvious and easily accessible to them as far as data goes. I also think this would be a great for IoT resources. If these buildings have smart meters, ect... why not use the data that these sensors gather to better understand the issue. It's seems like a logical next step.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
7/1/2014 7:40:59 PM
User Rank Blogger
Add renewable energy sources/usage
Energy Star and LEED certifications are a nice start; I wish CBRE would also factor in the amount of energy generated from sustainable/renewable energy sources (solar, wind, tidal, etc.) for commercial buildings. In addition to giving business a real incentive to use/insist on these emerging energy sources, they'd add some serious heft to the CBRE ratings.  

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/1/2014 9:51:19 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: DC: "We're Number 10!"
@Amy: Thanks for the post, Amy. I think no matter where you are on the list right now, it's only going to get more competitive as more LEED buildings come into play. The overall report finds that the number of LEED buildings has increase a lot in the last five years and more are coming. Our parent company is actually planning to move to an LEED-certified building a little later this year. 

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
6/30/2014 9:07:11 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
DC: "We're Number 10!"
Phew, I thought we would be scraping the bottom, Scott. I am very proud to be higher than Seattle, of all places. The Department of Energy has implemented guidelines that describe how federal workplaces (which are of course not only in DC) can meet goals related to energy efficiency. Neat post!  

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
6/30/2014 5:06:26 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Green Office Space
@Kim: That's an interesting point. The way the report broke things down was to label these places as markets, so it's really 30 markets as opposed to cities, so maybe that's why Manhattan shows up and not all of NYC or Brooklyn. If you went report by report, you would see all of New Jersey listed -- No. 25 -- as opposed to a particular city, as well as Orange County, Calif., listed as No. 15. If you took say one NJ city and one city from Orange County, Manhattan may have gone up a notch.

 

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