5 Reasons to Build a Green Commercial Building

Being Earth-friendly has become more than just a fad, it’s an actual movement. More and more people are realizing how important it is to be kinder to the planet. This movement has even gone so far as to include commercial and office buildings. Green construction utilizes modern architect designs as well as green and/or recycled materials. Your return on investment is almost 10 points higher than a standard building, and who wouldn’t want that? Let’s look at some of the reasons it’s good to go green.

1. Helping the local economy by creating jobs. If you decide to go green, you certainly won’t be alone. An increasing number of businesses are asking for green buildings and that means there are more architects and construction firms ready to serve. It also means giving people great jobs with a technical skill set – something that in some areas is lacking still, namely those areas that have not yet come out of the recession.

2. Better energy efficiency. Your energy efficiency will surely be improved by working towards LEED certification over what’s found in an older building. When you build green, you can use better heating and air conditioning systems thanks to newer models that are much more energy efficient (and more cost-effective) than older versions.

Modern insulation and windows can help keep your employees comfortable without the cold air blasting from an air conditioner. That keeps air quality better, too. Studies have shown a significant reduction in allergies and lost work time in green buildings. Other natural resources are conserved better as well, like water.

3. Not just for new buildings either. You might want to consider renovating a current building. Sometimes, a renovation can improve your building’s workflow efficiency, as much as 16%. A building laid out in the 1960s that featured wide desks and space for typewriters no longer works in our laptop-laden environment. When you renovate and incorporate cool recycled materials, you not only help keep items out of the landfill but you also give your office a unique look. It’s a lesser expensive option than building new.

4. Great for drawing in customers. Going green can help take your office building into the 21st century and save you money at the same time. This is especially true if you plan to keep the building for a while. You can also use your remodeling as an advertising tool. People who are interested in helping the Earth will be intrigued by your efforts. Advertising a green building regardless of whether it is new construction or a remodel is a positive thing.

5. Green is not just for the building construction. Did you know there are also tax benefits for going green? You can get deductions for a variety of green building items. Some federal incentives are available for things like solar panels and other energy options. Because a green building costs you less to operate, you can give your shareholders a higher dividend each quarter, thanks to improved profits.