It’s March, and St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so we thought we’d focus on thinking green today. When you are seeking office space for rent, you might not always remember to consider our environment, but thinking green can also affect your very real costs for heating, cooling, water, etc. So here are some questions to ask and things to consider if you want to think green when seeking office space.
- Is there any active or passive solar built into the construction of the building? Active solar would be solar collectors for generating electricity or heating water. Passive solar is building construction that takes into account the building’s orientation, so that the sun’s effects (such as heat and light) are minimized in summer and maximized in winter. Buildings that have a central atrium built into them also make a big difference for bringing light into the entire building, thus lessening your portion of the cost to light common areas in the building.
- If you are looking at a newer building, ask if it is LEED certified. According to the US Green Building Council, LEED buildings lower operating costs, reduce construction waste, conserve energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in cities around the country. LEED certification also is better and safer for tenants, because of healthier indoor environments.
- Find out if your prospective office building is paying attention to their use of water. Do they have low flow toilets and faucets? Do they have reclaimed or grey water systems? These will take water from sinks and filter it for use in toilets and landscaping.
- Ask if they are doing anything less common in the area of green building, such as a vegetative roof, which increases insulation and helps filter pollution. (If there is one, find out if tenants can eat their sack lunches on the roof!)
So think green! Contact us and let us know that you would like us to add green factors as a part of our checklist as we help you search for office space to rent. You and our planet will be glad you did!
By: James OsgoodGreen Office , Office Leasing Tips , Office Space Negotiations