The California Department of Public Health's Building P has been demonstrating since 2005 that sustainable design benefits taxpayers, building users and the environment.
Golden Hill Office Center is a 1980s building that outperformed conventionally designed office buildings of the era with respect to energy use. Twenty-eight years later, Golden Hill continues to outperform the majority of contemporary office buildings. In fact, the original systems still work so well that Golden Hill was awarded a 99 ENERGY STAR rating in 2010.
In the competitive world of commercial real estate, why would an owner pursue sustainable design and its increased initial costs?