We convert existing buildings into LEED-compliant facilities. Whether it involves just adding a few minor things like telecommuting programs and purchasing policy or overhauling an existing HVAC system, we can oversee and guarantee compliance.
Health and economical benefits include:
When you hear about LEED® green building, sustainable energy, or anything else that has to do with “green,” it always goes hand in hand with “environmental benefits.” Unfortunately, whether you care about the environment or not, what it really boils down to in the heads of most business owners’ is “cost.” Environmental benefits are all well and good, but how much is it going to cost me?
It’s okay; it’s an understandable area of concern. What if you spend a whole bunch of money on going green and then lose the company because it cost too much? Then again, you may be looking around at other business owners in Texas and wondering how they managed to avoid squashing their bottom line.
The real bottom line is that going green with LEED® certification for existing buildings may not cost as much as you think, and it has some excellent cost-cutting benefits to boot.
Let’s set aside environmental impacts for a moment and look at the cost of LEED® – EB implementation. In October 2008, the Leonardo Academy published a white paper on this very topic. The paper covered hard, soft, and consultation and costs ranging from traditional buildings to the top level of LEED® – EB certification.
Developed by surveying twenty-three building owners or managers, the paper shows that the overall cost for LEED® – EB implementation and certification ranges from as little as $0.02 to as much as $5.01 per square foot; the average is around $1.61 per square foot. In addition, all but four of the LEED® – EB prerequisites were found to be “low cost or no cost.”
They also compared the operating costs of LEED® – EB buildings with BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association International) buildings of similar type. Overall, the results showed that most of the LEED® – EB buildings had lower operational costs than traditional buildings. The average cost of operation for LEED® buildings was $6.68 and ranged from $4.94 to $15.59.
No matter what level of certification you’re going for, you don’t have to just think about the long run. With the cost of LEED® – EB implementation being low and the cost of operation being lower after implementation, is it really about the bottom line anymore?