1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
Experts say green construction will 'change the face of commercial real estate'
When Akridge was asked to build one of the most sustainable office buildings in Washington, D.C., the local commercial real estate developer had never worked on a green property before. The year was 1992, and few companies were experienced in "green construction." Akridge agreed to take on the project, and over the past 10 years, hundreds of real estate developers have followed the same path, which has led to more than 26,000 buildings' earning a LEED or Energy Star certification since 1999.