With all the talk about environmental change, you may be wondering how you can help make our world a healthier, greener, and more sustainable place. If you’re a property owner or facility manager, one of the best ways is to go through LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification.
LEED is a comprehensive, environmentally-conscious approach to building construction and management. The focus of a LEED property is on energy efficiency, water conservation, proper waste disposal, sustainability, and the use of environmentally-friendly construction materials. And almost any building can be eligible for LEED certification—existing buildings can be modified and don’t have to be a built from the ground up.
If you have clients that visit your property, LEED certification is a great way to show them that you care about the environment—not to mention that you’ve achieved an important goal with your building’s design. LEED certification is also a great way to raise your public profile if you’re a business that’s in the public eye. And don’t forget that getting LEED certification will help you take advantage of many tax incentives, while also making your property a healthier, cleaner environment for your employees and guests.
Not all LEED properties are created equal, and there are different levels of certification. For most eligible properties, there are four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified. Which level of certification you receive is based on a point system: each point you get is the result of satisfying a green building requirement.
While LEED is the most popular way to certify that your property is sustainable and efficient, there are other options. One of these options is the Sustainable SITES Initiative program. This program sets sustainability performance benchmarks with the goal of helping contractors create efficient land designs using green construction practices. The Sustainable SITES Initiative program differs from LEED in that it targets large, open sites—places like parks, airports, botanical gardens, and streetscapes.
If you’re interested in LEED or Sustainable SITES Initiative certification for your property, Engledow can help—because landscaping, energy efficiency, and water conservation play a major role. Our team can help with smart irrigation systems, rain gardens, water retention strategies, green roofs, retaining walls, and other green hardscape features that will help your property operate with maximum efficiency.
Even if you don’t want to go through the LEED or Sustainable SITES Initiative certification processes, you can still help the environment by making your property more sustainable. There are a few easy ways to do this including using propane mowers and organic fertilizers, planting shade trees and native plant material around your building, and replacing walkways with permeable pavement surfaces. You might be surprised how just a few small changes can have a big impact on conservation efforts—and can also help improve your bottom line.
By enhancing environmental awareness, we all benefit. And making your property sustainable and energy efficient is one of the best ways we can help protect our fragile ecosystem. If you’d like to learn more about how Engledow can help make your property more sustainable and energy efficient, give us a call at 317.575.1100 or simply fill out the form below.