Friday, March 2, 2018

Net zero buildings make financial sense, even for developers

Rocky Mountain Institute decided to move into a net zero office building. They've used their experience to debunk a number of different myths. Traditionally it's been thought that the additional expenses associated with making a building net zero wouldn't provide a return to a developer, especially if he or she decided to sell right away. Not so.

NZE-leased buildings can be up to 19 percent more profitable for developers who hold on to their property and 17 percent more profitable for developers who choose to sell their property immediately.
It's good for tenants as well:

The greatest benefit to the tenant comes from higher employee productivity and satisfaction due to improved thermal comfort, natural daylight, and residing in a healthy building—all shown to improve productivity by 6–16 percent.

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