Green Buildings are Better for Working

Americans spend 90% of our time indoors, much of that at work.

Take a deep breath. Is this the air you want your employees to breathe at work? The air you want to breathe at work? Green buildings can help you create greener, healthier spaces that are good for your employees and your bottom line.

Green buildings save money and protect the environment

According to the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study prepared for USGBC by Booz Allen Hamilton, between 2015 – 2018 green buildings in the U.S. have the potential to save $4.8 billion dollars on energy, water, trash disposal and building maintenance. Here are some real life examples…

  • PNC Bank saves money and creates better work environment: PNC Bank built 53 LEED certified buildings by 2009. In a post occupancy evaluation of the LEED branches compared to “legacy” branches, they learned that Green Branches saw direct energy savings of more than 34% and water savings of 29% compared to legacy branches. Additionally, Green Branch occupants are more satisfied with office layout, lighting, air quality, temperature, and acoustics than legacy branch occupants. (Source: Greening Our Built World: Costs, Benefits, and Strategies by Greg Kats)
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 save on utilities: Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 moved into their LEED Platinum building in late 2011. Their utility costs have been consistently less than the two buildings they previously occupied, even though the new building is much larger.
  • Alberici, a shining example of a green building: Alberici achieved the first LEED Platinum certification in St. Louis for their building in 2005. After ten years, people still seek out their building for tours and events. With continuous improvement, including retro commissioning and impressive landscaping improvements, it still stands as a shining example of a healthy, green building: “There is always air movement and light in this building – especially where I am seated. I love the open feeling. If I am having a bad day, I look up or around and see the beauty in the sky and it changes my focus”– Employee @ Alberici Group 

Get your LEED certification, keep your edge

Earning and maintaining your LEED credential and being involved in the green building movement through USGBC-Missouri Gateway will help you keep your edge at work. Amanda, a USGBC-Missouri Gateway member, was recently invited to join a non-profit board because of a connection she made at an Emerging Professional service project. Erik, a board member, believes that earning his LEED professional credential gave him the advantage in landing his current job. The network you build and the knowledge you gain through involvement helps you build connections, stay connected, and gain exposure through our volunteer opportunities, Green Building Experts recognition, and more.

What can you do to create greener work spaces?