A LEED Platinum office attracts fantastic employees. A Green Building Consultant can help you achieve it.
We all know that a vested interest in the future is what keeps businesses operating. What better way to showcase your investment than working in a green building? Not to mention, the employee perks associated with green building: cleaner indoor environmental quality, more natural lighting, green cleaning products, and more; all of these components contribute to the wellness, health, and productivity of your employees. Helping them stay happier and productive longer.
In addition to happier, more productive employees, as a business owner you get to be a part of the joyful process of LEED building. Learning the how, why and what of LEED gives individuals a peek into the green building industry and offers a green educational element to your building and to your business. There is something to be said when you take a building materials client through your office and show them all of the sustainable measures you have taken, especially when most of these measures include new technology resulting in a cleaner environment and happier employees.
One example of utilizing newer technology is having a net zero waste building. This means that all energy the building uses is derived from renewable resources and sometimes generated on location, with the use of geothermal, solar panels, or even a small wind turbine. In addition to energy, net zero waste also means no water waste. Collecting, treating and reusing all water within a building is quite a feat; requiring rain water collection and treatment of black water (sewer grade water) to potable or drinkable water. This typically requires utilizing newer technology, but will give the building owner, residents and/or employees a sense of leadership knowing they are not contributing to our already tapped clean water resources.
No One Wants A Headache
Having your building LEED certified is quite an undertaking and one that cannot be done alone. An entire team of individuals is necessary and a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) is recommended; there is even a point given to those projects who utilize a LEED AP. LEED AP's make the documentation process a little less difficult. They also bring a more sustainable mindset to your project, helping everyone stay on the 'green' track. Having a key individual to effectively communicate the importance of documenting each and every aspect of a project is the difference between having a smooth, fluid project or a large, shuddering headache.
Recently, there has been some green building scrutiny: they take longer to build, they are more expensive, etc. While there is an immense amount of time management that goes into a green building, having open communication and a dedicated team helps alleviate most of those issues; and yes, up front costs can be higher, but many businesses see larger ROI's within the first few years of operating in energy efficiency alone. This doesn't take into account longer employee retention, more productive employees, or the health care savings associated with green building. Overall, green building is a smart investment. Article from the Cincinnati Business Courier.
As an employee who works in a LEED Platinum building, I can attest to the cleaner, happier environment. It was important to me to find an environment that lined up with my core values and doing so makes working so much more enjoyable. It is exciting to be a part of something that is helping our environment, our city, and our corporate culture.
Lauren Campbell LEED GA, Internet Marketing at Lohre & Associates.
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For a no obligation green building consultation for your home or office please contact Chuck Lohre, LEED AP ID+C. He'll go over the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Reference Guide with you and offer helpful suggestions for Green Building Consultants, Architects, Interior Designers, Building Material Suppliers and Contractors. You can even borrow the Reference Guide if you like. Article from the Cincinnati Business Courier.