As the greening of commercial real estate gathers momentum, owners and developers are paying more attention to their properties’ effects on the people inside the buildings as well as on the outside world. A major force behind this push toward improved indoor air quality comes from corporate tenants.

“Many of the large tenants, in particular professional service firms, are starting to focus on this area,” says Jackson Lehr, an associate with the sustainability strategy consulting firm GreenOrder. “A good example of that is Bank of America and the strong focus they’ve got on IAQ in the new tower going up at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. Their green effort goes beyond energy and also looks at the indoor environmental quality. And they’ll be monitoring the IAQ in that building, which not a lot of people are doing yet.”

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