Untapped Potential of Commercial Buildings: Energy Use and Emissions

This white paper from the Green Building Finance Consortium examines the untapped energy efficiency potential held by commercial buildings in the state of California. It analyzes obstacles to achieving widespread adoption of building efficiencies and explores approaches to removing these barriers. Investment in low-cost technologies such as lighting, insulation, and windows are smart business decisions not only due to resulting cost savings, but also because LEED or ENERGY STAR certified buildings command higher rents (between 6%-7% higher) and maintain higher occupancy rates than comparable buildings.