At its core, a green building is a better performing building. It uses fewer resources and offers a better place to work through improved energy and water efficiency, better air quality, and access to natural daylight?but do green buildings make dollars and sense for investors? The Business Benefits of Green Buildings SmartMarket Report, released today by McGraw-Hill Construction, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) and the University of San Diego‘s (USD) Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate during the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild Expo in Chicago, says yes.
As the second phase of an ongoing study initiated in 2009 by CBRE and USD, the report offers a comprehensive look at how commercial building owners, managers, tenant firms and occupants perceive the benefits of green buildings and reveals bottom-line and human factor (health and well-being) benefits that are driving green building growth in the U.S. The findings show that sustainable buildings generate stronger investment fundamentals than their traditionally managed competitors.