LEED Certification Benefits

Posted by Marek Bobik on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 09:21 AM
Marek Bobik

Operate a Plant? You Can Benefit from LEED Certification

 

U.S. Green Building Council

 

How You Benefit

Builders benefit from construction of LEED Certified buildings:

  • Increased value of the construction
  • Improved ROI

Industrial/commercial building owners benefit from buying or upgrading to LEED Certified buildings:

  • Increased occupancy rate
  • Increased rent

Tenants benefit from renting LEED Certified buildings:

  • Lower operating costs
  • Healthier indoor environment

What is LEED

According to the US Green Building Council website, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is defined as “a voluntary, consensus-based, market­-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings.”

LEED Certified Buildings are Designed to:

  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
  • Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities

Green Buildings Contribute to the Bottom Line - Bean-Counters Rejoice!

OK let’s face it, LEED Certification is a voluntary journey and not everyone is impressed by the claim “participation in LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.” But what if the attainment of LEED Certification lead to financial rewards? Would interest increase?

According to information on the US Green Building Council website, 'green' buildings are attracting tenants and owners with lower operating costs and a healthier indoor environment – and they are willing to pay more:

 

Operating Costs

Building Value

ROI

Occupancy

Rent

New construction

Drop 13.6%

Rises 10.9%

Improves 9.9%

Rises 6.4%

Rises 6.1%

Existing building projects

Drop 8.5%

Rises 6.8%

Improves 2.5%

Rises 1%

Rises 19.2%

Sources: McGraw Hill Construction (2010). Green Outlook 2011: Green Trends Driving Growth. USGBC Website.

Read more about LEED Certified buildings outperforming conventional buildings in occupancy rates, ROI, and even lowering risk of health-related lawsuits on USGBC website.

Did you know that using Parker Transair compressed air distribution system can help you atain LEED certification for your building? 

Not Up for LEED Certification?

Not everyone is in position to go through LEED Certification, but everyone can still save by implementing parts of the "green building" ideas - like using a Parker Transair piping system instead of traditional black pipe.

The cost of ownership of a Transair piping system is much lower than traditional galvanized, or copper, piping.
  • Save on limited down time during the installation – Parker Transair installs 5 times faster than galvanized or copper piping.
    • Galvanized installation:   6 feet per hour
    • Copper installation:        8 feet per hour
    • Transair installation:     45 feet per hour
  • Save on energy costs – no air leaks, even after years in service.
  • Save on maintenance – Because Transair is corrosion resistant, it has a much longer service life than galvanized pipe systems. Also, because transair piping does not corrode, it does not contribute to particulate air contamination. This prolongs the service life of all components and tools using the compressed air.
  • Save on future updates/changes to your compressed air system by limiting down time during implementing changes. Adding additional drops, or relocating existing drops, takes minutes with Transair instead of hours with traditional systems. Transair can even be modified “on the fly” to accommodate new drops to equipment added after the initial installation - while the system is under pressure.
  • The Transair system is adaptable –Transair can be deployed in phases and integrated into existing systems – no matter what kind of piping or brand the existing system is comprised of. Replacing the old system with Parker Transair piping in phases makes it more feasible for large plants.
  • Transair can be reused – so if your operation moves in the future, your piping system can move with you and be reconfigured to fit in your new plant.
  • Tips on choosing the right filters for your compressed air system

Learn More about Transair

Read more about Green Building movement on Dakota Safety page: https://www.dakotasafety.com/blogs/blog/green-building-sustainability-is-changing-our-world

Posted by Marek Bobik

Topics: maintenance, savings