When selecting an office space for your business, you may want to look for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified space. This green building rating system has a blueprint to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
As a business owner, you can benefit from leasing a LEED certified office space for the following reasons:
Stakeholders grow increasingly concerned about businesses’ impact on the environment. These stakeholders can include the media, government agencies, clients, employers and investors. Leasing a LEED certified building is an effective way to classify your brand as one that makes a positive commitment to the environment, which can give your business a competitive edge in your industry.
Companies that run their businesses in LEED certified buildings easily hire and retain employees. People consider such companies to be safe places to work and places that provide an environment conducive to productivity.
In fact, studies have shown that people who work in LEED certified buildings are more productive and take fewer sick days. Stress and other health problems related to an uncontrolled environment often increase time off the job and decrease employees’ productivity level—common problems that companies operating in LEED certified buildings hardly have.
Unlike in other buildings, owners and property managers of LEED certified buildings often provide their tenants with resources that encourage fair consumption of goods, waste recycling and composting. Several studies have shown that waste control best practices can boost waste diversion rates by 80 percent or more. This enables corporate tenants to cut their waste handling costs and sell recycled materials.
Proof of being energy efficient is one of the key requirements for qualifying for LEED certification. An energy efficient commercial building is one that has integrated sustainable measures to cut down the cost of HVAC systems, electricity, water and gas. Such green measures reduce utility consumption significantly and generate instant savings for businesses in the building.
Buildings are currently responsible for up to 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emission across the United States, and scientists strongly recommend that measures be taken to reduce human contribution to global warming. Leasing a LEED certified office space benefits not only the environment but also enhances the workplace for business owners, employees and stakeholders. So what are you waiting for?