How Governments Spur Private-Sector Demand for Green Buildings

in 2013, Forbes, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Management, Timothy Simcoe
February 13th, 2013

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Timothy Simcoe, School of Management

In the debate over whether to increase or decrease the stringency of environmental regulations, the possibility that government agencies might use purchasing to stimulate market demand for “green” products and services is often overlooked…

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“Input suppliers such as game developers won’t invest until there is sufficient demand, or a large installed base, but demand won’t arise until there is an ample supply of key inputs. In our setting, government green-building procurement policies can stimulate private-sector building professionals to gain expertise in LEED, while also bolstering private-sector demand for LEED buildings.”

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