Buildings are important spaces in our lives, and they are increasingly becoming greener. The green construction movement continues its acceleration in the commercial marketplace. A survey conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics showed that nearly half of builders expect 60 percent of their projects green by 2021, indicating strong and sustainable growth of LEED-certified facilities in the years to come.
LEED certification helps builders develop buildings that are smart in their use of resources, materials, and their overall environmental quality. They feature components such as renewable resources, green roof systems, improved acoustics, clean indoor quality, and biophilic spaces.
The certification has lowered the energy consumption of buildings by 25 percent, while owners have reported their ROI has improved by 19.2 percent. However, builders and owners are looking for more than just environmental impact and cost savings — the Dodge report also revealed that occupant health and well-being are the top reasons for respondents to invest in green buildings.
In fact, studies show that green buildings features have a positive impact on our psychology. Some of those benefits include:
- Increased productivity
- Improved decision-making ability under pressure
- High sense of pride and satisfaction
- Greater crisis response and
To further illustrate the impact of green building components and technology, BigRentz created an infographic that highlights in more detail 15 psychological and physiological benefits. It includes studies conducted by other companies that show how their green renovations have impacted the way their occupants think and feel.
Investing in a green building not only protects the environment, but it can also bring human benefits and create a market advantage for one’s business. As the costs for sustainable building materials and processes continue to drop, green construction and buildings will become the standard of facilities in the years to come.
Infographic provided by BigRentz.