To LEED or not to LEED

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From Chelsey Fitch
Property Manager
Jones Lang LaSalle

It’s not imperative for a building to be LEED Certified to attract tenants, but these days it definitely helps. Here is some food for thought regarding LEED .

On average, LEED Certified buildings have lower operating costs, higher assessed building values, and higher rental rates.

To achieve certification status the building is required to go far above and beyond minimum building code requirements.

While LEED Certification can present many large upfront expenses, the future savings over the lifetime of a building’s operations can create and attractive ROI for building owners and tenants.

Going LEED can be time consuming and difficult to attain. Therefore, the buildings that are certified are perceived as higher quality, and more likely to qualify for other industry certifications.

Let’s not forget the reason LEED Certification began. It was to improve our environment. While most decisions come down to dollars and cents and a compelling ROI, consider the oft forgotten  prophecy:  
Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

The idea is clear that energy efficiency is important not only to the future of business but to the future of human beings. At the end of the day, without clean air and water there isn’t much of a future for business. Look at the big picture when deciding to LEED or not to LEED.



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