3 advantages to building with LEED materials

3 advantages to building with LEED materials

Graphic courtesy of USGBC

Homes built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and with green-rated materials raise the potential of that structure – in value, in efficiency and in livability. 

LEED-certified buildings are not only 25 percent more energy efficient, they produce 34 percent less CO2 emissions and divert more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills compared to standard construction methods, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, which administers the LEED program.

Those structures provide better indoor environments for occupants. For builders, using materials that contribute to LEED certification can increase business.

Here’s how, according to leading insulated concrete forms manufacturer Fox Blocks.

Reduced building costsequal bigger profits

Sustainable buildings can be built for the same cost as traditional homes. Some examples of inexpensive alternatives that offer building and energy savings include:

  • Careful selection of labor-efficient and/or energy-efficient building materials can cut down labor costs during construction, as well as energy costs associated with running the home. 
  • Attention to placement and orientation of windows, apertures and open spaces to facilitate daylighting. This can alleviate the need for artificial sources of light.
  • Strategic placement of windows and air vents allows cool air to circulate and warm air to be expelled, requiring the cooling system to work less.

Enhanced property value

People are more environmentally and socially aware when it comes to the environmental impact of the structures they inhabit. It has been proven that green buildings are not only easier to sell or let, but due to the high demand for them, higher sales prices and rentals are attained for sustainable facilities, too.  

Mitigating sustainability risk

Sustainability regulations are rapidly changing and becoming much stricter. In fact, government agencies worldwide are requiring property developers to disclose information about the energy-efficiency of their project. That means displaying energy-efficiency of building materials used for construction, HVAC systems, appliances, lighting and energy management systems. 

And it pays, literally, to display the information. Not doing so can results in stiff penalties for being inefficient and property assets being devalued due to non-compliance.

It’s anticipated that tenants will favor sustainable structures over non-sustainable ones as they become more aware of the benefits. The trend could severely impact the demand for non-sustainable buildings.

Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Cost of Ownership, Healthy Homes, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Products

Companies: Fox Blocks

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