The Empire State Building in New York City remains one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. Due the immortal movies like “An Affair to Remember” and “Sleepless in Seattle” romantic couples still meet at the building. Once the tallest building in the world, the New York City skyline would not be the Big Apple without the spectacular tower.The Empire State Building is more than a tourist attraction. It is prime commercial real estate. In the depressed commercial real estate market, the decision to retrofit the structure caught many experts by surprise. The decision to convert to sustainable design and operations makes a powerful statement about the value of LEED® certification in today’s marketplace. Basically, if you are going to do it, you might as well do it right.
LEED® v3 or LEED® Version 3 is intended to establish a more workable and standardized framework that can accommodate more building types and future market-specific requirements. The larger goal is to encourage the use of the streamlined v3 system to address the prioritized fields.As the point credits now indicate, greenhouse-gas reduction is the top LEED® priority. LEED® v3 emphasizes the significance of energy, transportation and water. Sustainable applications to these areas earn the most LEED® credits.
Austin was the first city in America to go green and embrace the U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. There were deep roots and much support for sustainable products before the USGBC released the third-party benchmark rating system.
Ronald McDonald houses have helped millions of families through emotionally difficult situation for many years. Each house reflects something about the personality and spirit of the community they serve. People who participate in the development of Ronald McDonald habitats are truly going the extra mile for their community and for families dealing with adversity.
When you hear about LEED® green building, sustainable energy or anything else having to do with “green”, it always goes hand in hand with “environmental benefits”. Unfortunately, no matter whether you care about the environment or not, what it really boils down to in most business owners’ heads is “cost”. Environmental benefits are all well and good, but how much is it going to cost me? It’s okay; it’s an understandable area of concern. What if you spend a whole bunch of money on going green and then lose the company because it cost so much? Then again, you may be looking around at other business owners in Texas, wondering how they managed to avoid squashing their bottom line. The real bottom line is that going green with LEED® certification for Existing Buildings may not cost as much as you think, and has some excellent cost-cutting benefits to boot.Let’s set aside environmental impacts for a […]