As the U.S. economy emerges from the Great Recession (albeit in fits and starts), it appears that multifamily residential is serving as the vanguard for recovery in the real estate industry. The heightened level of activity has not been relegated to the swapping of existing inventory; new multifamily development is proceeding as well. As is proving to be the case with other real estate sectors, new multifamily development often entails so-called "green" building practices and Leadership in Energy and Environment Design certification. In the Denver metropolitan area, there are a number of new multifamily projects, either recently completed or under construction, that are seeking or have obtained LEED certification.
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