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San Francisco is number one on the Green Building Opportunity Index—that’s according to a recent study by Cushman & Wakefield, in collaboration with the BetterBricks initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA).  The Green Building Opportunity Index is a first-of-its-kind office market assessment tool used to compare top U.S. office markets in terms of real estate investments and green development opportunities. Focusing on major factors that influence successful development, retro-fitting, leasing, and sales of green office buildings in the nation’s 25 largest central business districts, the Green Building Opportunity index compares markets based on six categories: office market conditions, investment outlook, green adoption and implementation, local mandates and incentives, state energy initiatives, and green culture.

Not to be confused with the EPA’s Top 25 cities for energy efficient buildings, which lists only the number of Energy Star-labeled buildings in each city, the Green Building Opportunity Index ranks each market based on numerous different factors, in addition to Energy Star and LEED certified buildings. Several cities that appear on the EPA’s list also appear on the Green Building Opportunity Index list:

  1. San Francisco
  2. Oakland
  3. Midtown NYC
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Chicago
  6. Orange County
  7. Downtown NYC
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. San Diego
  10. Boston
  11. Seattle
  12. Portland, OR

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