Connecticut Green Building Council chairman Todd Renz announced big green progress for the state. Meeting with Thomas Ivers of the Milford CT. development task force, the two proudly endorsed the town’s adoption of a new green initiative.
We are all guilty. We have stood by and seen and heard green conversations work their way through cocktail and dinner parties. We have considered the futures of our children and grandchildren and then gone about our way wondering what will become of the environment of our offspring. The good news is that it is not too late to do something about it by putting that cocktail conversation to work. The better news is that going green saves money and can even reap profits for those who join the green movement now.
Although the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating Systems have been around since 1998, over ten years, there are less than 3,000 LEED® certified buildings in the United States. Now, there are green buildings that aren’t certified, but the numbers are small compared to how many physical businesses there are in this country.Several neutral companies have taken surveys to find out why, and the main reason that comes up is money. As business owners and managers, how much it costs to implement better environmental practices is a real concern. We’ve touched on this several times since this blog’s inception.One of these neutral companies is Davis Langdon, which specializes in market research. Davis Langdon provides in depth research on the cost of implementation and upkeep of these green buildings, and has done so at least twice in the past six years. In 2004, their research showed that construction costs for a green building vs. a traditional […]
Businesses tend to baulk at the idea of constructing green buildings due to the high cost of materials as opposed to cheaper conventional materials. What they fail to consider is that, over time, sustainable, energy saving solar and heating, along with other eco friendly fixtures, can save up to 30% on yearly costs. This quickly replaces the expense of initial building.The very basics of their complaints are also based on the assumption that their initial figures for building expenses are adequate to complete the project. The average Texas construction project goes over-budget so the comparisons aren’t realistic. Green building materials are becoming more mainstream and readily available, making them more affordable. Increased demand is driving down the prices to the point they can be included in construction costs at close to what less energy efficient methods would be.An interesting concept to consider when overcoming doubts and worries about the costs of green building is that […]