Energy and water have become serious economic, as well as an environmental issues. As electricity and water prices increase due to the unstable supply of non-renewable resources and water shortages, businesses are paying much more for these commodities when compared to recent years. By investing in efficiencies, a business should be more profitable.
The LEED verification program may be another incentive for building owners to increase energy and water efficiency, building construction improvements, and innovative design. The program was established in 1998 and has progressed through several evolutions. It provides four certification categories labeled certified, silver, gold, and platinum. Is LEED still relevant to the built environment today?
As more and more businesses, institutions, and government authorities become engaged in the green building movement, their decisions are supposed to affect building efficiencies and user productivity, leading to lower operating costs. According to New York Times, tenants are more attracted to businesses with green building certification because it is “becoming accepted as a badge of genuine quality,” said Raphael Sperry, a senior consultant with Simon & Associates Green Building Consultants in San Francisco. Nationally or internationally, the green building movement is on the move, or is it really?
Do you know of any LEED certified buildings?
How can you justify LEED certification & improvements to an acceptable ROI?
How would LEED certification really increase rents and occupancy?
Why would you retrofit a commercial building to meet LEED criteria?
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