The buildings awarded with the LEED sustainable seal are designed to:
– Have lower operating costs and higher added value
– Generate less waste, which ends up in the landfill
– Make better use of energy and water
– Be healthier and harmless to occupants
– Reduce harmful emissions of greenhouse gases
In addition, a LEED certification presents economic benefits:
– It stands out among the competition. Buyers and tenants are increasingly looking for lower running costs and healthier indoor environments. The presence of this certificate makes a difference, and enhances the promotion of our building.
– Reduces risk. The LEED certification goes beyond the minimum requirements of the basic building codes. The verification by a third party of the qualities of several aspects of the project guarantees the results. Therefore, it is the guarantee of maintaining the sustainable objectives defined at the beginning of the project, and its veracity. Moreover, the financial risk is also reduced, because these buildings are comparatively easier to sell and rent.
– LEED certified buildings attract tenants. Tenants appreciate the benefits that this type of building can offer. In addition, for companies housed in these buildings, it can help to promote other sustainable features of their business, improving their image. It is, therefore, an important marketing tool.
– It’s cost effective. Savings in consumption during the use of this building favor a quick return of the extra investment. However, obtaining a LEED certification does not necessarily mean an increase in construction costs, If a comprehensive project management is carried out from the very first moment, incorporating the criteria and methods to achieve certification and implying all members involved in the project. Moreover, the resale price of these buildings will be higher than a conventional building.