LEED Certified Buildings Save Money with Sustainable Controls

Posted on Monday Nov 21, 2022 at 08:53PM  

Today's most desirable building is no longer just the one in the best geographic location. It's the one with the LEED green building certification. The one that can continuously monitor indoor air quality (IAQ). And while you can't change your location to increase your value per square foot, you can explore green building certification options to increase property value.

Lower utility bills are only the beginning

LEED Certified buildings are not only desirable for prospective tenants, but they also offer lower utility bills and a reduction in the carbon footprint. The benefits of sustainable building certification, some of which vary by state, also include:

  • Lower operating costs from consumption reduction
  • Cost savings from data availability that drives informed decisions
  • Extending building durability
  • State and federal incentives
  • Potential structural incentives like height bonuses and expedited reviews
  • Increased resale value
  • Positive community and employee feedback

LEED Certification process

The LEED Certification process evaluates the current environmental health of a building. After applying, a building earns credits (and rises in certification status) based on adherence to efficiency standards, from Certified to Platinum. Buildings can raise their scores by adjusting their existing system or plans, like adding air quality sensors and indoor air quality products. Some of these building sensors and air quality management changes are simple yet deliver significant results and can move a building into a higher LEED tier or help hit certified status.

Monitoring energy and resources for a green building certification

A significant criterion for sustainable building certification of any kind is the ability to measure and monitor your use of resources. When data collection devices like energy meters are networked and integrated into the existing electrical panel, LEED certification points are boosted while energy is conserved. And because every LEED Certification evaluates water efficiency (WE credits), flow meters are an ideal solution for water measurement.

Within the design process, developers can make choices that support the green building certification process, such as renewable energy or on-site generation of some energy. But without the ability to quantify and monitor usage, a building cannot earn valuable LEED credits.

Finding the sweet spot for sensors

Every LEED program includes indoor environmental quality (IEQ) credits that a building owner can earn by showing that the ventilation system can monitor and manage the air quality efficiently without excessive energy use.

When partnering with experts at Veris, decision-makers enjoy the benefits of a system built for budget optimization and impact. You can discover the best choices for maximum value in the LEED green building certification process, such as this quartet of sensors:

  1. CO2 Sensors that use air quality sensors to continuously monitor indoor air quality levels
  2. Humidity Sensors that demonstrate the ability to control humidity levels adequately
  3. Occupancy Sensors that create controllable lighting systems
  4. Temperature Sensors that provide credit for temperature control systems

LEED green building certification is a win-win proposition

Building owners realize the payback from the investment in LEED certification in a multitude of areas. The key to maximizing ROI is to optimize your specific choices of priority LEED credits based on your unique building properties and level of LEED aspiration.

Connect with a Veris expert today to discover your best pathway to becoming one of the recognized LEED certified buildings.

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