Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"The Tower Building, Rockville, MD (LEED-EB Silver) has GSA and the US Department of Health and Human Services as a tenant. In the commercial real estate market, saavy office building owners, such as The Tower Companies, have implemented LEED EB-O&M conversions. These respond to green lease demands created by the Executive Orders and will help Federal tenants meet sustainability targets. Photo Courtesy The Tower Companies"


"The first local green condos cropped up in D.C. about five years ago. Now, a host of developers in Maryland, the District and Virginia are designing and selling green condos. Because green building results in energy cost-savings, healthier surroundings and more durable construction, they're the future of condo construction, say real-estate investment experts and local government officials."

"Home builders are starting to follow a standard green grading system called LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED certification has become something of a Good Housekeeping Seal for green buildings. The grading system is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a national coalition of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations that is working to promote environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy buildings. Founded in 1993, USGBC recently launched a pilot program for low-rise multifamily homes."