Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification granted to high-performance sustainable buildings. Research has demonstrated that LEED buildings deliver superior financial performance and are more marketable.
Attract and Retain Tenants
- Differentiate the property
- Lease vacant space faster
- Attract marquee tenants, including professional services firms, brand-conscious corporations, and governments
Increase Rental Income
- Charge higher rents
- Increase occupancy
- Sell for higher dollars per square foot
Lower Operating Expenses
- Lower utility costs
- Improve O&M procedures
- Reduce maintenance costs
LEED for existing buildings is an ideal complement to other energy and sustainability projects, including energy audits, efficiency retrofits, and renewable energy. Additionally, many markets offer financial incentives to owners that elect to improve and certify their buildings.
To discuss whether LEED certification is appropriate for your properties, contact an INBALANCE representative.
While most businesses know how much they are spending on energy, many don’t know whether their buildings are efficient. Benchmarking compares a property’s energy usage to evaluate building performance.
Developed by the U.S. EPA and Dept. of Energy, ENERGY STAR is a widely recognized benchmarking system for commercial buildings. Achieving the designation signifies that a building’s annual energy performance is within the top 25% of similar facilities, earning at least 75 points on a scale of 1-100.
Points are awarded based on the information about a building, such as its size, location, number of occupants, and energy usage. Increasing the annual ENERGY STAR score signifies performance improvements that result in cost savings.
On average, ENERGY STAR buildings are one-third more energy efficient than peers. Lower operating expenses attract tenants and increase building values. Further, data also suggests that ENERGY STAR buildings lease and sell faster.
ENERGY STAR is a natural complement to other energy and sustainability initiatives. Energy audits identify improvements that raise the building’s overall ENERGY STAR score, and ENERGY STAR is also a recommended prerequisite for LEED Existing Buildings.
To learn how to increase your ENERGY STAR score and earn the designation, contact an INBALANCE representative.