LOS ANGELES-CB Richard Ellis obtained LEED-EB certifications for 70 office buildings in 50 projects totaling 29 million square feet that CBRE manages on behalf their owners. Dave Pogue, national director of sustainability at CBRE, tells GlobeSt.com that the L.A.-based company is well on its way to meeting its goal of having 100 buildings certified under the LEED existing building standard by the end of this year—a goal that CBRE established two years ago.

The projects include such high profile buildings as One Beacon in Boston, 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles, Accenture Tower in Minneapolis and Lincoln Plaza in Dallas. In addition to the 70 buildings and 29 million square feet, which are owned by 22 different investors and corporations, CBRE is in the process of obtaining the EB certification for an additional 59 office projects, representing 100 buildings and 40 million square feet. When all of those are complete, CBRE will have obtained EB certifications for a total of 69 million square feet of the approximately 275 million square feet of US office space under its asset services business.

“It’s clear that by the end of the year, we will have exceeded our goal of 100 buildings,” for LEED-EB certification, Pogue says, although he allows that it wasn’t so clear that the goal would be attainable by the end-of-2010 deadline when CBRE began the program. “At that time, there were only 59 such buildings in the world,” he points out.

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