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Nearly 87% of the 251 professionals that responded to the surveysaid that greening their portfolios is a priority for theirbusiness, up from 81.5% last year. Almost 81% said that they haveallocated funds for green programs in their companies, an increasefrom just under 64% in 2007.

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And this is just the beginning, said Mark Heisterkamp, theUSGBC's director of commercial real estate, at a press conferenceyesterday, citing survey data that says only a small amount offirms' portfolios are LEED certified. "There are still many, manycompanies that are just getting their feet wet," he said. "Thisdata tells us a lot of people are thinking about it."

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Another survey featured yesterday at Greenbuild was put out byonline facilities-management publication FMLink, BOMA, USGBCand the Association for Facility Engineers. It found that morebuilding managers are pushing to control their buildings' energyuse.

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"There is an increased focus on saving energy," said PeterKimmel, an architect and publisher of FMLink "The buildingprofessionals are much more savvy than they've ever been."

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That survey found that 73% of all buildings over 50,000 squarefeet have an energy audit. Additionally, respondents said that theyaveraged savings of between 5% and 10% over the last two yearsafter audits.

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