Green Building’s Impact on Property Management

How to Stand Apart and Achieve Your Corporate Social Responsibility

Industry-leading building experts continually seek to find the link between environmental quality and decision making. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program focused primarily on new, commercial-building projects and based upon a points system. The more points you earn, the higher your rating.

LEED buildings report almost 20% lower maintenance costs than typical commercial buildings, and green building retrofit projects typically decrease operation costs by almost 10% in just one year. This year, LEED-certified buildings in the United States are estimated to have $1.2 billion in energy savings, $149.5 million in water savings, $715.2 million in maintenance savings and $54.2 million in waste savings.

Researchers found that energy consumption per square foot was 14% lower in U.S. green buildings than in countries like Canada.

New construction of green buildings cannot save the planet in the short term, but greening those millions of existing buildings, one at a time, can have a huge impact. What happens in tenant spaces can have a large bearing on expenses, employee productivity and the environment. Property managers encouraging occupants to make greener choices can be just as important as designing a productive, healthy and environmentally-friendly workplace.

For additional information on how to adhere to LEED certification, or how we can help green your business by implementing a sustainable line of disposable products at cost-neutral or less, adhere to recycling or organic waste law compliance, or arrange proper waste removal from your facility.