Trends Slideshow: Not That Green After All

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-20-2010

Not That Green After All

70% of all power in the U.S. is consumed by buildings - and half of that energy use is wasteful.

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$277 billion: estimated value of green buildings market by 2020, up from $144 billion today.

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Only one-third of workers surveyed describe their office buildings as "environmentally responsible."

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Just 27% say their buildings adjust environmental controls, such as light, climate - based upon occupancy.

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40% in L.A. say their offices use smart tech to adjust light, climate according to room population - the highest among any city.

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293 buildings in L.A. have the Energy Star label - tops in the nation.

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14% of respondents nationally say their office buildings use renewable energy.

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31% say their offices use water-conserving, low-flow toilets.

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Barely 50% say there's a place to park and secure a bike at their offices.

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About 66% in Denver, Minneapolis, and Seattle say they can park/secure bikes at their offices - tops in the nation.

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Only 35% in New York say they can safely park bikes at their offices, the lowest national percentage.

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Other cities scoring high for "smart" environmental tech buildings: San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta.

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City that scored the lowest: Phoenix.

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