Australian offices are among the world's greenest

The demand for environmentally responsible building has experienced significant growth over the past decade as metropolitan office markets have been progressively adopting ‘green’ building certification programs.

According to the International Green Building Adoption Index, 18.6 per cent of space in 10 markets across Australia, Canada and Europe have achieved “green” certification since 2007, when the number was just 6.4 per cent.

In Sydney and Melbourne alone, green office square footage increased from less than one per cent in each city to more than 46 per cent in Sydney and 28.8 per cent in Melbourne.

51.6 per cent of space in Vancouver and 51 per cent of space in Toronto have been certified “green”, setting the pace. Sydney and Melbourne ranked third and fourth, respectively, on the index behind the Canadian cities.

Buildings qualify for green certifications by incorporating sustainable waste management and resource usage initiatives, natural light and environmentally sustainable building materials.

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