The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is the new United Nations, an alliance for a global cause that has now been proven to be beneficial, not only ethically, but financially as well. According to the Press Release by USGBC (US Green Building Council) on March 6, 2013, a London based report was just completed that explored among many factors in Green Building, the financial value, costs, and benefits as compared to conventional or even outdated buildings. The findings of the collective global sources for this report conclude that real monetary benefits are immediately received through operational expenses and increases productivity in the office space itself have been found with the right Green Building Design plans.
The goal of the report, “The Business Case for Green Building: A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants” was to tackle the challenge of analyzing the investment of creating a Green Building machine and being able to count and source specific savings and cost benefits in actual dollars.
Where you save as a building owner, investor, occupant or developer is not necessarily surprising. Right off the top of the savings of energy, water, and efficient electronics are an immediate credit to the monthly bottom line. We all know that inefficiency makes a business bleed. As the incentives, awareness, education and government initiatives continue to grow, the Asset Value of Green building will prove to be a determining factor in the overall value of a building over time. The environment of the indoor workplace has been known to affect productivity levels, with green designs enhancing the overall well being and occupants’ general health has been shown to improve thereby increasing productivity. The report also concludes that the design and construction costs are not necessarily higher on the outset with competition exploding for green building products.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) a division of the USGBC works to educate and certify building owners and operators of commercial properties in best Green Building practices from building to operation. Cameron McElroy of ROC (Real Office Centers) received his LEED Green Associate accreditation in December 2012 and works diligently on a broad range of projects that all directly represent the standards and ethic of doing business at ROC. As the Environmental Integration Specialist for ROC he was able to put his degree in Environmental Studies from UCSB directly into action.
Green building and practices are an integral part of doing business for ROC, which established ecoROC as its own platform to educate, support and promote organizations such as LEED, The Ecology Center, and provide strategies and events that promote the overall sustainable business model for all of its tenants. With office space in 6 locations throughout Southern California for lease as dedicated or virtual office space (even as needed), ROC is able to maximize the reach Green Building benefits with the diverse mix of entrepreneur occupants, special events, certifications and standards of doing business adding value in dollars that just makes sense.