Why should it matter if an automotive supplier’s building is LEED® certified? Doesn’t it cost too much? Will you get a return for your investment? Does anyone really care about it anymore?
The truth is:
- Consumers want green. More important, if you’re an automotive
supplier, your customers (the auto companies themselves) are going green and they expect their suppliers to be green too.
- LEED buildings use less energy so they save money, and that helps the bottom line.
- Working with an experienced LEED Project Administrator will help make the process run smoothly and may even help you earn a higher level of certification.
In addition, 10 cities, 9 states and a growing number of other governmental entities have or are considering mandates that will require buildings to post their energy use. To learn more, see: Energy Performance Disclosure/Energy Use Index – What Does it Mean?
According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), “If you’re serious about saving money, saving energy, reducing water, improving indoor air quality, making better material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice.”
- 88 Fortune 100 Companies use LEED
- Each day, 17 Million square feet of space is LEED certified
- There are more than 50,000 Commercial LEED projects worldwide
The integration of building systems and the use of high efficiency technologies can be directly tied to savings in utility costs as well as extended life expectancy of equipment. Also, you may just save more money, and create a better space for your employees to work, boosting overall profitability.
The sooner you incorporate green building principles into the building design process, the better. An experienced LEED project administrator will help the Architect, Engineer, Contractors and Owner find the most efficient and cost-effective ways to enhance the project through the team’s design and construction decisions. A knowledgeable LEED Project Administrator will focus on the USGBC’s five LEED program credit categories, and may even find hidden opportunities to earn additional points, sometimes resulting in a higher level of certification.
Hiring a LEED consultant up-front quite often will offset more than the cost of services in the resulting energy savings.
Jim Newman, Managing Partner of Newman Consulting Group, Bloomfield Hills, MI