Green certifications should not be unique. Rather, they should be the norm. All buildings and real estate projects should be energy efficient, make use of sustainable design, and have a low carbon footprint. Until that happens, buildings that take a special effort to be sustainable and energy efficient can get Green Certifications. The most popular ones are LEED, Green Mark Certification, GBCI, and EDGE.
So, what’s the purpose of Green Certifications? And why do organizations bother with them?
Safeguards the Environment
Only buildings that take certain sustainable actions are qualified for green certification. This involves a large number of things, for example:
Ensuring water and energy efficiency
Reduction of carbon emissions
Having good green coverage
This results in several factors:
The environment is better-taken care off
The building has a reduced carbon footprint
There is a low ecological impact
In this day and age, it’s crucial that we take care of the environment we live in. It must be cherished and nurtured. And buildings that meet these green certifications clearly do this.
A Better Quality of Life
People who work or live in these green buildings are offered a quality life. They live healthy lives due to the green environment. People breathe clean air, drink clean water, and interact with Mother Nature. This results in a better quality of living and increased productivity.
Reduces Operating Costs
A building that qualifies for green certifications makes a saving. By utilizing smart design like using double panel windows to lower temperature loss, sustainable technologies like solar panels to generate power, and energy efficient technologies like CFL lighting to reduce power consumption - the operating costs are lowered.
A LEED Gold certified building uses 25% less energy and uses 11% less water than a building without LEED certification.
Creates Sustainable Open Spaces
A green certified building cannot do without sustainable open spaces.
Open spaces are quite often an underutilizing aspect. They can contributed to building a green environment. A good shading system can help mitigate the heat island effect. For example, our smart canopy has a high Solar Reflectance Index and creates a cooler place for people to stand or park under. To make your spaces green, you might have trees and shrubs at strategic locations. In turn, this has a positive effect on IEQ or Indoor Environmental Quality. Increasing outdoor air supply into a building is not enough. The outdoor air should be clean and trees and other such greenery can help.
Additionally, sustainable and green open spaces create an inviting environment for people who work or live at the building. Given two options - would people choose to walk on a plain gravel walkway, or one surrounded by trees?
A building or a real estate area that has a green certification is highly-prized. Organizations would like to have offices there and people would like to live there. This results in higher occupancy rates. For a developer, it’s a great selling factor to attract people to the location.
It’s not long before green buildings will be the norm rather than the exception. They offer a healthier environment to live in and have a reduced ecological impact. Our own product, the smart canopy, is green pro certified and helps real estate and infrastructure developers gain these such green certifications.