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In Media 2015-02-25 10:46

New Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for LEED Green Building Program

Support increases with knowledge of LEED’s positive impact on job creation and cost savings WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 25, 2015) — The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system has strong bipartisan support across the U.S., according to a new poll released today. The nationwide poll found that 79 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats support the use of LEED in buildings.   The poll also found that a strong majority supports the...

In Media 2015-02-23 16:10

Green Building Facts

MARKET IMPACT This year it is estimated that 40-48% of new nonresidential construction will be green, equating to a $120-145 billion opportunity1 62% of firms building new single-family homes report that they are doing more than 15% of their projects green. By 2018, that percentage increases to 84%.2 Historical averages have pegged the economic impact of investments in the U.S. residential market at roughly 5% of GDP, while other economic activity surrounding housing services as a whole have...

In Media 2015-02-10 15:55
Photo credit: Benjamin Benschneider

The Business Case for Green Building

Overall Trends The top two reasons for building green: client demand (35%) and market demand (33%).1 The global green building market grew in 2013 to $260 billion, including an estimated 20 percent of all new U.S. commercial real estate construction. This trend is expected to intensify in the coming years, both in the US and internationally.2 Commercial building owners and managers will invest an estimated $960 billion globally between now and 2023 on greening their existing built...

In Media 2015-02-06 14:15

Fannie Mae Rewards LEED-Certified Multifamily Properties with a Lower Interest Rate

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that Fannie Mae will reward multifamily properties with a green building certification, such as LEED, with a lower interest rate. USGBC’s LEED green building rating system is one of several recognized certifications including ENERGY STAR® and Enterprise’s Green Communities Criteria. For these certified properties, Fannie Mae is now granting a 10 basis point reduction in the...

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