The Next Phase in Green Building Is Healthier Buildings

Monday, October 17, 2016

Environmental Leader (09/21/16) Hardcastle, Jessica

Although environmentally friendly buildings are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S., some developers are looking to take green buildings to the next level. For example, the Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016 report says two-thirds of U.S. landlords have expressed interest in developing healthier commercial buildings. In addition, 79 percent believe the buildings can improve employee satisfaction and engagement. The top five healthy building features, according to the report, include daylighting exposure, products that improve thermal comfort, spaces that promote social interaction, better air quality, and products that improve acoustical comfort. Those features also make work environments healthier for employees. The benefits of healthier buildings also can be reaped by numerous groups. A report from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Dodge Data & Analytics found healthier buildings can create benefits for owners, developers, managers, and investors. "The green building sector is quickly outpacing traditional construction growth in the U.S. as building developers, owners, designers, and managers recognize the value and benefits that green buildings have on the triple bottom line—people, planet, and profit," says USGBC chief operating officer Mahesh Ramanujam. "Green buildings, especially ones that are LEED-certified, are healthier, more resource efficient, save money and increase employee retention.”

Jessica Hardcastle 10/17/2016

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