Green building is a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative of these effects throughout the entire life cycle of a building.
While there are many different definitions of green building out there, it is generally accepted as the planning, design, construction, and operations of buildings with several central, foremost considerations: energy use, water use, indoor environmental quality, material section and the building’s effects on its site.
Green Building Certifications, Rating Systems, & Labels
Third-party certification is a great way to add credibility to any green building.
The process of achieving certification also adds a layer of accountability and integrity for the building project team. While a space can certainly be green and high-performing if it is not certified, there are several tangible benefits that accompany certification that cannot be as easily attained without it.
- Higher rental or resale value
- Higher occupant & tenant satisfaction
- Higher worker productivity & pride of place
- Lower operating costs
- Local and national recognition opportunities
Third-party certification is not the only way to achieve a healthy and high performance space, but it is certainly one of the most efficient ways to guarantee you get one.
Every project, team, and budget will consider a variety of different delivery and verification methods for their high-performance place; however, anyone working on a green building project should review the following certification options, benefits, requirements, considerations, and costs.