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Commercial office tenants want green

Green building initiatives are a key influencer when tenants decide to sign a commercial real estate lease, according to a survey by GE Capital Real Estate. The survey, conducted over the past year, included more than 2,220 office tenants in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, the UK, Spain and Japan. An average of 50% of those polled say green building initiatives are a high priority.

Japan (59%), Canada (52%) and Sweden (52%) placed the greatest importance on green building practices, compared with only 43% in the U.S., the lowest of the countries surveyed.

Green building practices include energy efficiency measures (lighting upgrades, energy audits), recycling and waste reduction programs, water conservation practices, reb...[…]