Why Get LEED Certified?
Beyond the obvious environmental benefits of putting Green into practice, there are a number of compelling reasons why companies make the commitment to certification:
It meets the requirements of a governing body and/or qualifies for financial incentives.
A growing number of companies and local governments are legislating Green measures, and offering financial incentives for environmentally-friendly buildings. Certified buildings can qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives.
It increases long-term savings through energy efficiency and boosts employee productivity.
Certification saves money over time by lowering operating costs and increasing asset value. It provides a better place to live and work in terms of indoor air quality and availability of daylight, both of which have been shown to boost well-being, effectiveness and productivity.
It demonstrates legitimacy.
In the face of widespread “green washing” (attempts to mislead consumers about the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service), LEED® certification shows that a building's sustainable features have been verified by a legitimate third party.
It contributes to a growing green knowledge base.
LEED® certification is still a relatively new concept in the construction industry. Embracing it as an “early adopter” positions you and your company as a leader in the growing approach to environmental responsibility. Plus, your efforts contribute to everyone’s knowledge and the evolving certification process.
It shows a genuine concern for the environment and the community.
When it comes right down to it, going Green is simply the right thing to do; LEED® certification shows that your organization is committed to something greater than itself.