LEEDing the Way for Green Buildings

August 15, 2015

As your business grows or seeks new facilities, consider green building practices that benefit your company and brand. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation means a building meets prerequisites for building strategies and practices set by the U.S. Green Building Council to be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.

The business payoff can be significant:

> Gain competitive advantage
Corporate, public, and individual buyers are increasingly attracted to green buildings based on the lower operating costs and improved environmental experience.

> Find long-term savings
With green construction practices, businesses realize increased annual energy savings. The key focus areas for commercial buildings include heating, air, and ventilation systems, and window, lighting, and plumbing systems. These upgrades translate to reduced reliance on water and energy.

> Solidify ROI and lower operational costs
Owners realize a decrease in operational costs of an average of 13.6% for new construction and 8.5% for existing building projects because of energy efficiencies. Owners report ROI of an average of 19.2% of green building projects and 9.9% for new projects.

> Generate sustainable investment
By investing in LEED- or ENERGY STAR-certified new or existing construction, building owners can increase the market value of the structure compared to non-green buildings. Building values increased by an average of 10.9% for new construction and 6.8% for existing building projects, according to the U.S. Green Business Council. Similarly, data shows that tenants are willing to pay more for LEED-certified spaces.

Talk with your relationship manager or Client Services about investing to become a leader in energy efficient building practices. Sterling National Bank can help: 855.274.2800.