In two previous posts prior to Greenbuild, Green Building Law Update focused on reasons to build green in the slumping economy. Continuing that theme, here’s another example of how green buildings help parties distinguish their projects as demand for new construction decreases:
You may know that the USGBC has several different green building rating systems, one of which is LEED for Existing Buildings. Instead of building a new shell or changing the exterior or interior structure, LEED for Existing Buildings deals primarily with changes to a building’s operations and management systems.
How can you use LEED for Existing Buildings to distinguish your green building project?
“LEED for Existing Buildings can help differentiate a building owner in an existing building market and allow them to stay competitive with new building stock,” says Barbara Ciesla, co-leader of the sustainable design group of HOK Canada’s Toronto office.
I hope you see the opportunities created through green building projects, despite the current recession. You can increase your likelihood of obtaining scarce financing. You can build for the future state of art. Most importantly, you can distinguish your project from the surplus of available space.
- LEED for Existing Buildings Helps Owners Compete in Tough Market (Daily Commercial News)
- LEED-EB Helps Owners Compete In Tough Market (HOK)
- Need Green, Build Green (GBLU)
- The State of Green (GBLU)