The use of energy efficient products, recycled materials and sustainable and green building practices can help a company or organization obtain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). One of these awards not only helps to improve the value of the property, but it also lowers operating costs and makes a space more likely to retain tenants.
These certifications also give the building owner and tenants peace of mind concerning the negative impact that the structure has on the environment and lets them rest easy knowing they are doing their part to reduce the emissions that are associated with commercial structures in the U.S.
The USGBC has estimated that commercial buildings in the U.S. currently account for 40 percent of the total energy consumption in the country, a number that the government is trying to reduce by a significant amount through the implementation of policies and endorsements of certification programs like LEED.
Buildings that are given this certification often feature technology like radiant heating systems, mechanical HVAC, smart meters, specialized glass materials and rainwater collection products.
These products not only help a building achieve a certification from the USGBC, but also lower the operating costs for owners and tenants.
Radiant heating systems are especially beneficial for commercial buildings, as the technology helps to limit the temperature difference in a room between the floor and ceiling, limiting the amount of waste that is associated with the product compared to older technology.
These systems also limit the amount of energy needed to provide a sufficient level of heat, as an efficient delivery system lowers the expenditure by a significant amount.