The Growing Importance of Green Buildings in Commercial and Industrial Buildings

According to the US Energy Information Administration, commercial and industrial buildings take up as much as 80.9% of the total electricity expenditures in the US—to a total amount of $295 billion. As for natural gas expenditures, these buildings expend $215.5 billion or 64% of the total in the country.

Needless to say, saving energy for such buildings can go a long way in terms of electricity and natural gas expenditures. With energy-saving measures, as much as an aggregate amount of $20 billion can be saved by commercial and industrial buildings. This is where green buildings come in.

The growing importance of green buildings in cities like New York, Chicago, and Houston is such that it is an essential factor in estimating the “curb appeal” of office spaces—thus altering the factors that used to be of primary importance in the real estate market.

Most commercial and industrial buildings, as a matter of fact, are categorized into three classes: Class A, B, and C. These classifications determine the appeal of these buildings to companies as tenants. There are a variety of factors that determine the classification of a building, the most important of which is its infrastructure and built-in energy-saving measures.

Class A buildings are easily the most sought after and prestigious of the crop, with quality design and infrastructure. These buildings are also the most accessible within the city and get occupied the fastest.

Class B buildings, on the other hand, are average in terms of ventilation, finish, and accessibility. While these buildings are built well enough, they’re not quite at par with Class C  buildings.

Class C buildings are functional and quite average. As most commercial and industrial buildings are restructuring according to the standards of green buildings, this classification is becoming a dying breed.

For a much desired Class A status, commercial buildings also have to live up to the standards of green buildings. As such, eco-friendly construction materials, efficient building commissioning, limited effect on the surroundings, and well-adjusted features to the local climate are taken into account.  The importance of green buildings in classifying commercial spaces just shows that green buildings are no longer just an option but increasingly becoming a necessity in the construction industry.

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1 Response to “The Growing Importance of Green Buildings in Commercial and Industrial Buildings”


  1. 1 Temperature Conversion October 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Large vacant industrial buildings in southwestern Riverside County. Even small businesses that are operating within the smaller buildings have been removed.


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