When it comes to green commercial buildings, Los Angeles is tops, according to a report from the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego and CoStar.

Los Angeles has 26.2 million square feet in 100 buildings that are rated under the Energy Star or LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) programs, according to the report. (LEED is a consensus-based green building rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council.) Following Los Angeles in the top 10 are Houston, Washington, D.C., New York,  San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, Seattle/Puget Sound, Chicago, and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

The report, which looked at the number of buildings and total square footage, used information provided by CoStar, a national database of commercial properties.

Dr. Norm Miller, professor and director of academic programs at the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, said most of the cities on the list make sense­ except for the ones in the Lone Star State.

"I am not surprised by L.A and San Francisco, and I would expect Seattle [to make the list],” Miller told Green Products and Technology. "Chicago has been making a move in this direction for some time now. I guess the surprise for me is the ones in Texas. And I would have thought Portland, Ore., would have made the [top 10].”

The data also revealed that financial institutions account for 18 percent of the tenants in environmentally friendly buildings nationwide. Law firms, retailers, and manufacturers combined represent nearly 40% of the green commercial building tenants.

The Top Ten Metro Areas for Energy Star/LEED Buildings

Metro Area

Number of Buildings

Square Feet

Percentage of Total

1

Los Angeles

100

26,167,038

13.3%

2

Houston

46

21,101,378

10.8%

3

Washington, D.C.

61

19,796,646

10.1%

4

New York City

11

12,328,784

6.3%

5

San Francisco

30

11,862,367

6.0%

6

Minneapolis/St. Paul

20

11,381,738

5.8%

7

Denver

34

10,285,745

5.2%

8

Seattle/Puget Sound

16

7,616,710

3.9%

9

Chicago

13

6,326,489

3.2%

10

Dallas/Fort Worth

20

6,058,892

3.1%

Tenant Industries Occupying Energy Star/LEED Buildings

Tenant Type

Number of Tenants

Square Feet

Percentage of Total

1

Financial Institutions

968

20,228,058

18.0%

2

Law Firms

822

18,407,157

16.4%

3

Retailers

694

12,275,254

10.9%

4

Manufacturing

240

9,704,599

8.6%

5

Personal Services

588

7,969,667

7.1%

6

Insurance

305

7,012,850

6.2%

7

Utilities

205

6,271,296

5.6%

8

Business Services

560

5,478,659

4.9%

9

Data Processing

245

5,218,630

4.6%

10

Government

127

5,161,872

4.6%

11

Accountants

196

4,003,835

3.6%

12

Engineers/Architects

148

3,876,718

3.4%

13

Real Estate

367

2,215,196

2.0%

14

Communications

98

1,603,219

1.4%

15

Medical

178

1,516,067

1.3%

16

Transportation

70

1,465,971

1.3%

Grand Total

5,811

112,409,048

100.0%

Sources: University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate and CoStar