When facility managers, architects and builders choose roofing and other materials that are certified to meet environmental standards, they are making an investment that will pay off in many ways. The efficiency, longevity and safety of green building techniques like those offered by MB Technology results in measurable reductions in expenses related to energy, boosting a company’s bottom line. This has become common sense throughout much of the construction industry, but there are many more benefits of green building than what shows up in the annual budget. There is a growing body of evidence that environmentally friendly buildings provide practical and measurable rewards for the people living and working in them, not to mention the people designing and building them.
Benefits for occupants
Taking steps to reduce energy consumption, like utilizing “cool roof” technology, efficient light fixtures and low flow faucets, are no-brainers when it comes to boosting corporate profits. But commercial green buildings can benefit a business in numerous less obvious ways.
“Green building materials and techniques are beneficial for more than just the environment.”
An ongoing study organized by researchers from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health has been taking a close look at how workers perform in green buildings compared to conventional structures, The Guardian reported. In tests of employee skills, researchers found workers in certified green buildings performed 25 percent better than those in a normal office space. They also tended to report better overall health, including higher quality sleep and feelings of wellbeing.
The reasoning behind this data is that green buildings – with their superior climate control, ventilation and lighting systems – provide an environment allowing employees to come to work happy, healthy and ready to be productive. It’s not hard to extrapolate the many financial benefits of these findings: Higher productivity invariably leads to bigger earnings for the company, while healthy employees reduce the risk and expense of injuries on the job, sick days and health insurance claims. That all makes green building a true win-win scenario for any business.
The myriad benefits of green technology have become widely known in the commercial real estate industry, and their confidence is obvious when surveying recent economic trends. According to a study from the U.S. Green Building Council, certified environmentally conscious building projects created more than 2.3 million jobs around the country in 2015. That means an estimated $134 billion of additional income in workers pockets, and the future only gets better. By 2018, the USGBC projects more than a third of the nation’s entire construction sector will be comprised of green tech designers, builders and engineers. This all adds up to a total of $303 billion in expected gross domestic product growth by 2018.
“Green building is playing a massive role in the U.S. construction sector, the clean and efficient energy sector and the U.S. economy as a whole,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “More than 2.3 million U.S. workers are taking home $134 billion annually in large part because of green building programs like LEED. Demand for green building will only continue to grow as individuals, businesses and institutions continue to prioritize sustainable approaches to the design, construction and operations of our built environment.”
These fringe benefits only make builders and facility managers more confident in their choice of roofing materials. Using products like SBS Modified Asphalt and Ecotorch roofing membrane exceed standards for environmental certification as well as quality. Contact MB Technology to learn more about how green building fits into your plan for new construction or a remodeling project.