Erika Morphyis co-editor of Debt and Equity Journal, from whichthis article is excerpted.

San Francisco—More than a year after it announced a $1billion, five year commitment for green building, Wells Fargo& Co. has financed 13 buildings that will undergo theLeadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED)certification program, a voluntary standard developed by theU.S. Green Building Council for high-performance,sustainable buildings. It has financed a total of about 20 to 30environmentally beneficial buildings or sustainable developments,says Paul Brumbaum, senior vice president and high-performancebuilding advocate at Wells Fargo.

"The program has been very much a success," he says. Heattributes its performance to more than just Wells Fargo's efforts.In general, he says, green building is at a tipping point. It isabout to become part of mainstream commercial real estatedevelopment. With about 5% of commercial development now followinggreen or environmental standards, Brumbaum is likely correct.

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Erika Morphy

Erika Morphy has been writing about commercial real estate at for more than ten years, covering the capital markets, the Mid-Atlantic region and national topics. She's a nerd so favorite examples of the former include accounting standards, Basel III and what Congress is brewing.