Advocates promote the idea that initial investments
in green buildings, which can be 10% higher up front, often pay
for themselves within a few years.
Why? Because of the amount of money saved in
operations costs. A building could even pay for itself ten times
over if designed efficiently enough.
LEED buildings return about $50 to $70 per square
foot in savings from reducing energy, water and waste.
Green buildings also limit environmental and
ecological impact. By using the right building materials, fewer
natural resources are depleted, protecting both man and animal.
Water efficiency can be reduced in commercial
buildings by 30%. Non-potable runoff can be used for landscape
irrigation, flushing toilets and urinals,and custodial purposes.