Three green commercial certification systems pass initial government screening

Green properties may be better measured by three government-approved systems.

Commercial property managers may want to consider using one of three types of energy efficiency certification systems that were recently highlighted by the federal government.

The U.S. General Services Administration's report showed that three certification systems out of a pool of 180 were considered to be acceptable after a second examination. The first attempt did not find anything conclusive. The three options are the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes, the International Living Building Challenge and the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Overall, the federal government owns or leases a total of 3.4 billion square feet of commercial real estate space, and the GSA is in charge of approximately 9,600 properties in the government portfolio, the report explained. Due to a rule requiring extensive reviews of energy standards every five years – especially with the new procedures in place – there is need for further review.

Property managers and builders may benefit from using one of these guidelines, as it may help properties not only reduce costs, but possibly attract more energy-minded tenants.

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