Has your business made energy efficiency one of its top priorities? Becoming more energy efficient is a great idea for any business, and LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is an excellent standard for your business to aspire to.
The process of making your building LEED compliant can be difficult, particularly if you’re aiming for one of the highest standard LEED certifications such as Platinum, which can require a major focus on energy efficiency.
Despite the difficulty of making your building LEED compliant, focusing on the LEED standards is an excellent way to improve its energy efficiency, lower costs and enjoy a range of other excellent benefits.
One of the biggest benefits of achieving LEED certification is that doing so proves that your building – and as a result, your company – is significantly ahead of the curve when it comes to energy efficiency.
If your business values its green credentials highly, this can become a key selling point that your business can use in its marketing, as well as a valuable element of your company’s brand identity.
In this way, it’s best to think of LEED not as a goal, but as a process. Although the process of becoming LEED certified can require a great deal of investment, it has serious benefits not just for the environment but for your company’s image.
Increasing energy efficiency significantly reduces energy costs
Although the cost of energy increases and decreases on a micro basis, the macro trend of energy prices indicates that the cost of energy, especially for businesses, has increased significantly over the past few decades.
Not only has the cost of energy increased, but the need to reduce energy usage has grown greater over the last decade, with issues such as emissions and the climate going from niche concerns to mainstream environmental issues.
Making your building more energy efficient in order to achieve LEED certification is more than just a goal – it’s a process that can lower your business’s energy costs and make it significantly greener.
Prioritizing natural light increases your workplace’s productivity
One of the most important components of energy efficiency is lighting. Buildings that are heavily dependent on natural lighting use significantly more energy than their naturally lit counterparts.
They’re also significantly less efficient and productive. Not only are buildings that use natural light less costly to run and maintain – they’re far more productive in a measurable way.
Lighting is one of the most important components of LEED, and it’s also an essential aspect of your business. Focus on achieving LEED energy efficient lighting standards and your workplace will become significantly more efficient and productive.
LEED certification “future proofs” your building for decades
Arguably the biggest benefit of aiming for LEED Platinum certification isn’t that it’s an indicator of your building’s current energy efficiency, but that it guarantees that your building will still be considered energy efficient in several decades.
LEED certification “future proofs” your building by holding it to today’s top standard of energy efficiency. This means that even if standards rise in the future, your place of work will still be significantly ahead of the average commercial building.
Making constant modifications to your building has a cost, not just financially but in terms of productivity. Focus on making big changes and make LEED a priority – this way, your building will still be energy efficient and green in 2035, not just in 2015.