When considering selecting an office space for your business, there are some significant factors you may have overlooked. One of these being LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is a green building rating system. This system has a blueprint to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
It is currently estimated that LEED certified buildings will contribute $29.8 billion to U.S. GDP by 2018. But as a business owner, what exactly will you benefit from leasing a LEED certified office space?
Several stakeholders including the media, government agencies, clients, employees, and investors are more concerned than ever about how every business affects the ecosystem— either positively or negatively. Leasing a LEED certified building is an effective way to classify your brand as one that makes a positive commitment not just to the sustainability of the company, but to the environment too. This can give your business a competitive edge in your industry.
Sometimes, the benefits employers get from leasing a LEED certified building are often viewed as “soft” ones. But overtime such leases often lead to huge savings and cost avoidance.
Companies that run their businesses in LEED certified buildings easily hire and retain most of their employees. The reason for this is interesting: many people consider such companies as safe places to work and a conducive environment for productivity.
In fact, some studies have shown that people who work in LEED certified buildings are five percent more productive and with three percent lesser sick days. Stress and other health problems related to uncontrolled environment often reduce time off the job and decrease employees’ productivity level. A common problem that companies operating in LEED certified buildings hardly have.
Unlike other buildings, owners and sometimes property managers of LEED certified buildings provide green lease resources that encourage fair consumption of goods, waste recycling as well as composting.
Several studies have shown that waste control best practices can boost waste diversion rates by 80% or even more. This allows 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.
As odd as it seems, buildings are currently responsible for up to 30% of all greenhouse gas emission across the United States. Scientists strongly recommend that several measures be taken to lessen human contribution to global warming.
This indicates that leasing a LEED certified office space isn’t just the right thing to do, it is the smartest thing to do. Enhancing the workplace atmosphere isn’t just the best thing for the environment but also the best for business owners, employees, and stakeholders in making the world a better place for everyone.