Where Are All the Green Buildings?

August 3, 2012

A new study found that the U.S. does not rank on green building policy. Lux Research recently ranked the countries with the best green building markets including Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Australia, and the U.K. The United States did not make the grade, according to the Boston-based firm that compiled the report.

Their findings were based on six national policies that play a key role in inspiring higher rates of green buildings and activity. The governmental polices also included an interest in energy security, and environmental and livability concerns said Aditya Ranade, the lead author of the report.

Interestingly, the U.S. did not rank on the list largely because the green building trend is “driven by state and city-level governmental policies, corporations, and voluntary certifying organizations.”

“For any emerging technology – and especially for green buildings – technology, financing and policy are the three legs of the stool that drive the adoption of these trends,” said Ranade.

In the long run, investing in green buildings provides benefits for consumers and businesses alike. And while the U.S. may not be ahead of other countries, state and local governments and corporations do provide excellent incentives such as rebates that pay for a large portion of any energy-efficient project.

It’s time to take advantage of those incentives now, so schedule a facility review today to see what we can do to help you save on energy costs.

Source: GreenBiz.com

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