WASHINGTON – A new study by the New Buildings Institute and another study by CoStar Group has validated that third-party certified green buildings outperform their conventional counterparts across a variety of indicators, including energy savings, occupancy rates, sale price and rental rates.
The NBI study indicates that new buildings certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system on average perform 20-30% better than non-LEED certified buildings in terms of energy use.
Additionally, buildings that have earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label use an average of nearly 40% less energy than average buildings and emit 35% less carbon.
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