CBRE: Miami among top cities for green commercial buildings

CBRE 400x400The South Florida Business Journal reports that “a new study by CBRE Group and Maastrict University ranked Miami ninth in the nation, with 19.4 percent of its commercial real estate certified as green.”

Miami currently has 79 buildings totaling 21 million square feet of office space that are LEED certified under one or more of the rating systems.

Patricia Nooney, LEED AP and head of investor services for CBRE Florida, is quoted in the news release, “Miami was slow to embrace green building standards relative to cities like San Francisco and Manhattan, but has caught up quickly thanks in part to good public policy and buy-in from owners and investors who realize there is growing demand from tenants for more sustainable, energy efficient space,”

It helps that Miami’s municipal building code requires all new private development over 50,000 square feet to be built to LEED Silver standards.