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buildings. Green technology. We hear these catch-phrases quite frequently these
days. We also hear frequently about Energy Star ratings. In all honesty few of
us can say we are not in business to make a profit. Nowhere else does this hold
more true that in the construction industry.
Rising fuel costs have made
the construction industry's challenge of providing a competitive bid on a construction
project more difficult. Finding the best pricing on quality building materials
and consistently meeting phase deadlines can impact overall costs significantly.
all is said and done what really are the benefits of LEED certification? Let's
look at some hard data:
- LEED certified buildings command $11.24 per
square foot over their competitors for rental properties.
- LEED certified
buildings rake in $171 per square foot more than their competitors which is good
news for investors.
- Lower operating costs versus higher sales prices.
- Energy efficient fixtures mean less electricity is utilized.
gas emissions mean better quality of air.
- Statewide there are financial
incentives, zoning accommodations and tax breaks for businesses that go with refitting
that complies with environmentally friendly technology and materials.
landfill waste which means fewer fines for improper disposal procedures or violations.
- Less lobbying required to obtain cooperation from local officials in
refitting old buildings or construction of new buildings because the green buildings
are good for the environment and those who live in the community.
living and work spaces mean a healthier community.
- Profits increase due
to the asset value of LEED certification.
Looking at the facts, a
compelling case for LEED certification is made. This certification when combined
with Energy Star rated appliances and fixtures means investors, contractors, tenants,
business owner all reap the rewards of green buildings. Plus the environment benefits
by more biodegradable materials, less decomposition time and less space needed
for landfills. There are opportunities to turn garbage and trash into energy sources.
Low flow water fixtures mean less water usage. Those that have successfully constructed
new buildings using the latest in green technology and those who have done green
'refits' have paved the way for others to follow suit. As public awareness is
raised about green buildings both residential and commercial, large organizations
will be influenced to conform to the environmentally friendly standards.
and demand drive big business. If enough people gather together, political influence
comes into play. This in turn leads to change in legislation as special interests
groups lobby for changes. What an exciting time the new millennium has brought
us as we see more environmental awareness. We all have an opportunity to do our
part to co-exist in harmony with the environment. Thanks to extensive research
and pioneers in the field of technology we are always looking for new and improved
ways to expand sustainable development without harming the environment.
This website was created as a public service
to promote green building and LEED certification in Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW)
Texas, by Bob Moore Construction. Located in DFW, Bob Moore Construction has been a leading
construction company in Texas since 1946, and is a member of Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Tilt-up Concrete
Association (TCA), The American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the OSHA Local Partnership Program.