1. Becoming LEED certified is good business.
LEED certified buildings enjoy government incentives, marketing benefits and increased property values.
Going green also reduces costs to building management and tenants, including costs associated with sick leave, health care, productivity loss and litigation. In addition, energy and lifecycle costs savings for buildings with LEED certification are documented in USGBC case studies.
2. LEED buildings are healthier.
LEED standards create improved indoor air quality and reduce potential health problems, especially allergies and other sensitivities.
3. Healthier environments increase productivity.
Healthier employees mean happier employees. Statistics show increased worker satisfaction, improved morale, reduced absenteeism, and increased productivity.
4. Green buildings help the earth.
Green programs can reduce the negative effect buildings and operations have on the environment: air and water pollution, ozone depletion and global climate change.
Green practices conserve energy, promote recycling, reduce the use of raw materials and minimize the use of toxic products requiring disposal.
5. Going green increases the safety of the building and protects property values.
While the crux of going green is about reducing health risk for humans and other living things, the process provides other benefits to the facility. Green procedures actually reduce the likelihood and frequency of fires, explosions, spills and splashes.
In addition, green cleaning calls for environmentally friendly and correctly diluted products and the right product for each job. This means, for example, that stains on carpets or upholstery are treated with the mildest, effective cleaner, thereby prolonging the life of expensive furnishings and reducing exposure to harsher chemicals.
Green Cleaning and LEED Certification
When it comes to greening your cleaning operations, LEED certification requires much more than just switching from traditional to green cleaning chemicals. According to the USGBC, LEED-EBOM focuses on seven major areas, each with their own certification standards and best practices.
Facility Cleaning & Maintenance, including Chemicals
Indoor Air Quality
Exterior Maintenance Programs