The Building’s Always Greener
Once again Houston has snagged the title as one of the top 5 cities in the country with the greenest office spaces. According to a 2016 study conducted by CBRE Group and the Netherlands’ Maastricht University, 53 percent of the buildings in Houston are considered certified green developments.
As Houston employers continue to try to attract a younger workforce, LEED certification has become a recent standard in new office developments. Downtown Houston’s 35-story Capitol Tower is one of the few projects nationally to be pre-certified LEED v4 Platinum, which is the highest level. A huge feat for such our city.
The study tracked 30 cities and ranked them by the percentage of green spaces. To be considered a certified green building, the buildings must hold an EPA Energy Star label and/or a U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification.
Nationwide, the study found that 10.3 percent of all buildings surveyed qualified to be Energy Star labeled of the 31.7 percent of green commercial office spaces. The study also found that 4.7 percent of buildings were LEED certified by U.S. Green Building Council, representing 18.7 percent of the total space.
Houston beats out Los Angeles on the list, and is only topped by Atlanta, San Francisco, and Chicago in greenest office spaces.