The National Association of Industrial and Office
Properties - NAIOP - awarded Abacus a research grant to analyze the value of a more limited approach to sustainable building,
the so-called ”Low Hanging Fruit” strategy.
The focus of our research was to understand when, if and how various green strategies could be used to improve
the sustainability and efficiency of a building while still meeting financial hurdles. We have found that although the incremental cost to build to LEED standards can be as low at 1.5 to 2% for new buildings,
the cost can also exceed 10%, particularly for existing buildings with older systems and obsolete designs.