The savings associated with green buildings are normally considered to be the result of energy efficiency, but now there will be direct financial benefits as well – namely reduced interest rates for property refinance acquisitions and supplemental mortgage loans.
One of the best ways that a company can commit to social responsibility is to avoid the use of harmful chemicals. Oftentimes, toxic substances are found in everyday items and can have a negative effect on people’s health and the environment. A recent press release indicated that toxic chemicals may be prevalent in more items than previously understood. As a result, companies and facilities should rely on green cleaning supplies instead.
New studies show that sustainable buildings offer the best of both worlds – environmental preservation and significant return on investment.
Sustainable building designs offer businesses several advantages. Increasingly, companies are using green building materials to magnify the cost-saving effect of sustainable energy technology. Environmentally minded companies enjoy the financial benefits of being green.
Sustainable workplace facilities result in healthier, happier and more productive staff.
Green buildings are on the rise, and new trends are emerging which indicate that sustainable construction is more effective and widespread than before.
CO2 emissions have already resulted in significant climate change and some countries are at risk of temperature-related disasters.
EDGE is a new tool by the IFC that makes the cost-saving aspects of sustainable buildings more evident, especially in emerging markets.
The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that 3 billion square feet of building space around the world has been Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified.
Though much of the push toward sustainable structures is motivated by a desire to protect the environment, there are also other factors that may make running green facilities appealing for the commercial, educational and residential sectors.