Built For Life
Environmental, regulatory and market trends are a growing opportunity for the commercial building owners. Investors, tenants and regulators are looking for energy savings, healthier environments, and greater disclosure of infrastructure performance.
Operational energy cost savings can be directly added to the bottom line profit of those responsible for paying these costs. Buildings obtaining an Energy Star rating, LEED rating, and Passive House certification will result in energy use lower than those buildings designed to just comply with the current building code. Energy costs are rising and not likely to drop, and designing in energy efficiency at the start is the single most cost effective way to cut energy use, and safe guard your bottom line now and in the future.
Buildings and spaces designed to minimize toxics in building components result in improved health and well-being of all occupants, as well as provide good daylighting, good views to outdoors, and good ventilation. Studies have found that absenteeism, respiratory allergies, and depression have all been reduced in sustainably designed buildings. These direct affects on employee health, well-being, and productivity are an often overlooked and not quantified benefit to the success and longevity of a business.
Sustainably designed buildings provide an essential edge over competitors with code-built buildings. Energy efficient buildings, and buildings with a superior indoor air quality are able to charge and obtain higher rents than buildings built to code. As states and municipalities demand more transparency in the performance of buildings in their communities, this edge in rental rates and building occupancy will expand. Chicago, for example, has passed an energy performance disclosure law for all commercial buildings over 50,000 sf, as well as, other states and cities. This trend will continue and expand in coming years.
“*Evidence is growing that sustainable buildings provide financial rewards for building owners, operators, and occupants. Sustainable buildings typically have lower annual costs for energy, water, maintenance/repair, churn (reconfiguring space because of changing needs), and other operating expenses. These reduced costs do not have to come at the expense of higher first costs. Through integrated design and innovative use of sustainable materials and equipment, the first cost of a sustainable building can be the same as, or lower than, that of a traditional building. Some sustainable design features have higher first costs, but the payback period for the incremental investment often is short and the lifecycle cost typically lower than the cost of more traditional buildings.
In addition to direct cost savings, sustainable buildings can provide indirect economic benefits to both the building owner and society. For instance, sustainable building features can promote better health, comfort, well-being, and productivity of building occupants, which can reduce levels of absenteeism and increase productivity. Sustainable building features can offer owners economic benefits from lower risks, longer building lifetimes, improved ability to attract new employees, reduced expenses for dealing with complaints, less time and lower costs for project permitting resulting from community acceptance and support for sustainable projects, and increased asset value. Sustainable buildings also offer society as a whole economic benefits such as reduced costs from air pollution damage and lower infrastructure costs, e.g., for avoided landfills, wastewater treatment plants, power plants, and transmission/distribution lines.*”
“**” Source : https://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/pdfs/buscase_section2.pdf