|August 2010 ♦ Vol. 8 Issue 8|
Leveraging Investment and Providing Returns in Owner-Occupied Buildings
Sustainability's value proposition relies on many variables. For some, the dominant value lies in a property's marketability, operating income, or operational utility savings. For others, it is in resource conservation and environmental stewardship. Different financial models drive merchant developers, owners of multi-tenant buildings, and owners and managers of owner-occupied buildings. The motivations behind green building initiatives for these three types of building owners may overlap, but owner-occupied buildings are in a prime position to benefit directly from sustainable practices. Unlike merchant developers or developers of multi-tenant buildings, these owners are invested in their buildings for the long term, which offers more potential for return on investment and any improvements that impact building efficiency and/or affect their employees.
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When you cut through the lingo and get down to reality, sustainability isn't about spending more on fancy gadgets in hopes of earning an eventual return on investment. It's not about environmentally responsible buildings that ultimately sacrifice tenant/occupant comfort; it's not about "greenwashing" your building, packing in as many sustainable products as possible without giving it much thought.
Solid energy management and sustainability plans are important and can provide a great benefit to the company and to the environment. But, these plans can't work properly if not everyone on your team is on the same page. In order to keep their teams involved in energy management and sustainability practices, some companies have implemented a number of successful programs and projects.
Integrative design is the way to create truly green, high-performance, healthy buildings. The key to doing integrative design is "Everyone. Everything. Early." Here are five tips for putting integrative design into action.
Let in the Light
Get Passive, Go Green
Using the Three Cs to Market Your Green Building
Volume Certification Takes a Different LEED Tact
Finding Your Best Renewable Energy Strategy
LEED on a Budget
Tried and True – The Art of Simple Solutions and Integrated Design
Alternatives in Green Building Frameworks
Clearing Up LEED Misperceptions
Schools Offer Lessons in Building/User Interface
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