The main benefits of green buildings are:
- Reduced operating costs
- Increased comfort for occupants
- Improved corporate image
Reduced Operating Cost
- Reducing energy consumption directly reduces the cost of operating buildings.
- Energy consumption affects your bottom line.
- Energy is not a fixed cost.
- Total energy cost ($) = cost of energy ($/kWh) x energy consumption (kWh).
- Reduced energy consumption will reduce your total energy cost.
Build Green can develop an energy management plan to reduce your operating costs.
Increased Comfort for Occupants
Increasing comfort for occupants will have large benefits. Well designed green buildings will increase productivity. How do you feel in different buildings?
Increased comfort for occupants can be achieved by:
- Natural light
- Reduced temperature variation
- Improved indoor air quality
Indoor air quality is particularly important for commercial buildings. Some building and furniture materials can slowly release toxins into the indoor environment. Green building design incorporates improvements to indoor air quality, leading to increased productivity of occupants.
Build Green can develop and implement strategies to increase comfort in your building.
Improved Corporate Image
Another benefit of green buildings is that you are taking action towards being environmentally responsible and this will improve your corporate image.
By reducing energy consumption, you will reduce the need for new power plants and help reduce global CO2 emissions which have a direct effect on global warming.
Global warming is already here:
- France: 15,000 dead in heat wave, Economist, 17 Sept 2003
- USA - Floods 2003
- Europe - Record high temperatures 2003
- Australia - Drought conditions 2003
When the head of the Tyndall Climate Centre says that ‘this climate excursion is already close to what high-level scientific consensus has identified as "dangerous interference" with the planet's life support systems’ — it's time to act.
Terry Wyatt, President of The Chartered
of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), 2003
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