It's true. There are no losers with building green. Developers and owners of Green Buildings are realizing increased net operating income, lower operating costs, faster lease-up rates and higher re-sale values. Tenants in Green Buildings are experiencing increased employee productivity, decreased employee turnover, lower operating expenses, and enhanced health and well-being of their workforces.
With more than 5% of all new U.S. construction projects being built green, more and more organizations are experiencing the benefits of building and leasing green space. There is enough proof that the trend can no longer be denied. The goal of this website is to begin sharing this proof.
What is Green Building?
Unlike conventional building, high performance green building is designed, constructed, and operated to boost environmental, economic, health and productivity performance over that of conventional building.
How do I know if a Building is Green?
The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) voluntary LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is widely accepted as the national standard for Green Buildings. High performance green building requires an integrated design approach. LEED™ addresses the potential of the site itself, water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, selection of materials, and indoor environmental quality.
What Types of Features will a Green Building Have?
A Green Building can include a wide array of features such as storm water infiltration through landscaping, innovative wastewater technologies, reflective roofs, personal comfort controls, low-emitting materials, and advanced monitoring systems to assure that the building meets design objectives. A green building approach embraces both how and where a building is built, taking into consideration site selection, development density, transportation options, and other factors that contribute to smart growth.
This website is designed to point you towards all the information you need to either begin thinking about building a green project or leasing green space.
Visit the case studies section to find out how companies like Toyota, Herman Miller, Puget Sound Energy, PNC Financial Services and Johnson Controls have benefited from Green Building.
The resources section is a complete compilation of weblinks to resources on Green Building.
In the campaign section you will find copies of ads and materials from the "Build green. Everyone profits." campaign, along with the results of a survey conducted to measure changes in green building attitudes among commercial building tenants, owners, and developers prior to and after the campaign.
This campaign is sponsored by a coalition of government and non-profit agencies that are committed to promoting profitable business practices that also help protect the environment. The coalition includes the City of Seattle, King County, BetterBricks, US Green Building Council. Please visit the partners section to learn more about each partner.
Local Green Buildings
If you are looking to lease space in King County, please check out the following new green buildings in our market:
LEED-certified residential apartments and retail in South Lake Union neighhorhood; completed in June 2004.
301 Minor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Contact: Amanda Sneed
Laboratory, office and retail with LEED core and shell in South Lake Union neighhorhood; completed in March 2004.
307 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98109
Contact: Tim Dickerson
9th & Stewart Life Sciences Building
Biotechnology R&D, office and retail with LEED core and shell; opened in June 2004.
1900 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Contact: Bill Neil