Sustainable Design, Green Building, and LEED-certified aren’t just trendy buzzwords. This breed of design and construction has been picking up steam in recent years, and can mean big benefits to building owners. In fact, sustainable design and building practices contribute to “triple bottom line” benefits. Here are three quick reasons why building owners should care about sustainable design:
- Economic Benefits: For a building owner, Sustainable Design – also known as Green Building – provides huge economic benefits. Energy-efficient building systems help reduce operating costs, and they also optimize the performance of a building throughout its life-cycle, which in turn enhances asset value.
- Social Benefits: There are also a number of social benefits to Sustainable Design. Green Buildings promote the health of its occupants by providing a better indoor environment, such as improved indoor air quality, natural lighting, and improved comfort, which keeps the occupants healthy, safe, and even more productive. Green Buildings also take less of a toll on the surrounding local infrastructure, extending benefits to the entire community.
- Environmental Benefits: Sustainable Design minimizes the impact a building has on the environment and reduces its carbon footprint. Green Building systems use less and conserve more, reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and improving air and water quality. The great news is that Sustainable Design isn’t just reserved for new construction; building owners can incorporate Green Building design elements into existing buildings as well and experience a similar balance of economic, social, and environmental benefits.
Want more info on the business case for Sustainable Design? Check out this article from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Our designs have been successfully implemented into numerous LEED®-certified projects. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED® Green Building Certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings. Our firm is proud to create environmentally-innovative designs that not only reduce a building’s carbon footprint and promote resource preservation, but also provide occupant comfort and well-being. To view some of our Sustainable Design projects, visit our project portfolio.