Miami ranks 15th in the country for ‘green’ buildings

by Rincey Abraham

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Miami came in at No. 15 in the 2017 National Green Building Adoption Index, down one spot from last year. The report looked at the growth of Energy Star and LEED–certified office spaces since 2005 in the 30 largest cities in the United States.

The overall market decreased slightly from 34.2 percent last year to 33.9 percent this year. This was mostly due to a decrease in LEED certifications in both number and square footage percentage. The report estimates this is due to buildings not renewing LEED certifications after five years. However, Energy Star square footage as a percentage of the market increased to 32.2 percent, a three-year high.

The study found that 10.3 percent of all buildings surveyed are Energy Star–labeled while 4.7 percent are LEED–certified, which is above last year’s totals. It also found that nine of the top 10 cities have implemented benchmarking ordinances. Those cities have 9 percent more certified buildings and 21 percent higher certified square footage.

“While it is still too early to make a definitive correlation between benchmarking ordinances and the rate of growth in ‘green’ buildings, this year’s findings do begin to establish a link that will be studied closely in the future,” said David Pogue, CBRE’s Global Director of Corporate Responsibility.

Miami Q4 2016 % of Buildings % sq. ft of Buildings
Total 12.3 33.9
Energy 10.7 32.2
LEED 4.4 14.0
   Existing Buildings 3.2 12.9
   New Construction 0.7 0.8
   Core and Shell 0.5 0.2
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