BUILDING IT LEAN, CLEAN, GREEN might be the only way to reduce the impact of the building on the environment but we do not lead our message with the environmental story or the moral issue alone. We lead our message with the business case. The business case isn't just that green building saves money on energy and water. It's that LEED certification sells buildings to high-end clients and governments.
Its a common argument that a LEED certified green building is suitable only for projects where the owner is going to be the primary occupant so that they can reap the benefits of the additional investment made by them in the superior quality, comfort and savings provided by the building. While this is true in some cases, it also must be noted that for a speculative developer to go out and advertise their property as being Class A [the highest-quality commercial building], they've got to have a LEED rating. The brokers need that as part of their pitch. People who would have been ambivalent about that as a moral issue are finding that it's a commercial necessity. These buildings often command a premium over their regular counterparts.
Commercial buildings as defined by standard building codes are eligible for certification under the LEED for New Construction and LEED for Core & Shell rating systems. Building types include – but are not limited to – offices, retail and service establishments, institutional buildings (e.g., libraries, schools, museums and religious institutions), hotels and residential buildings of four or more habitable stories.
Contact us if you are unsure whether your building project is a candidate for LEED certification or if you are not sure which rating system is the most suited for your project. We will carry out a feasibility study based on your requirements and we might also be able to estimate the most practical certification level the project should aim for.