58% of Atlanta office space considered green
Nationally, 62% of large buildings qualify as green, compared to less than 5% of small buildings
With 57.9% of its office space considered “green,” Atlanta ranked fourth of 30 markets on the 2015 Green Building Adoption Index, a joint project of CBRE Group, Inc. and Maastricht University.
Atlanta jumped a spot from last year’s overall number five ranking. With nearly 58% of green office space (defined as holding either an EPA ENERGY STAR label, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) full-building LEED certification or both), Atlanta is significantly above the national average of 38.7%. With 29% of all buildings and 58% of all space qualifying as green, the Atlanta market has the highest percentage of green buildings, surpassing 2014’s leader in percentage of green buildings, Minneapolis. Atlanta also leads the nation in the number of ENERGY STAR-labeled buildings at 24.6% and is third in the nation in the number of LEED-certified buildings at 8.7%.