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  ® Understanding LEED Version 3   Steelcase WorkLab - LEED Platinum certified  02 Green Buildings in Context Sustainability has become an increasing global force in business and its impact extends well beyond products and services. Today, sustainability permeates every aspect of a company’s strategic business plan: social investments, manufacturing processes, real estate, materials, energy use, procurement, certifications and market claims. The social, economic and environmental implications of business decisions, often described as the triple bottom line or more recently coined integrated bottom line, are becoming part of a more universal business framework. At their core, triple and integrated bottom line thinking represents the transition from a solely profit-driven culture to one of balance and optimization. The relevant challenge for businesses today is to use available tools and resources to create solutions that optimize people, profit and planet value creation. An organization’s social and ecological performance, combined with economic factors like shareholder value and market position become the net measure of success. UNDERSTANDING LEED V3: GREEN BUILDINGS IN CONTEXT skilled workersethics and valuesquality of lifecommunity outreachhealth & safetyclimate changeemissions reductionregulatory complianceresource efficiencylifecycle analysisshareholder valuemarket position Economic ValueSocial ValueEnvironmental Value Sustainability Triple Bottom Line Model Organizations using a triple bottom line strategy measure and report on factors like carbon footprint, community outreach and health and safety as well as market position and shareholder value. It is at the intersection of economic, environmental and social performance that sustainability occurs.  03 Where do green buildings fit? Just like products and services, companies see environmentally-responsible real estate and workplaces as an important part of a triple bottom line strategy. Why are buildings crucial to sustainability: There is a wide misconception that the benefits of green buildings begin and end with increasing a company’s operational savings and employee satisfaction and performance. Though it’s true that sustainable buildings directly impact these outcomes, the social implications of environmental issues caused by the construction and operation of buildings reach well beyond its occupants:+  Buildings are the single largest consumer of energy produced by fossil fuel powerplants and therefore the biggest contributor to carbon emissions - beating out transportation and manufacturing.  1 +  In the U.S., buildings account for 74% of electricity consumption, 39% of total energy use, 40% raw material use and 30% waste output. 2 +  Inefficient buildings trigger variable operating expenses like spikes in energy use, maintenance issues and costs to change. 3  Real estate development has a tremendous role in global climate change, material consumption and waste output. Therefore, it has a direct influence on environmental health, quality of life and the social fabric of communities. In the end, it is not just about minimizing the eco-im-pact of buildings - it is about creating a better busi-ness climate, sustainable culture and social climate. 1 “ Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States,” US Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, 2007. 2 “Green Building Facts,” U.S. Green Building Council, accessed October 16, 2009: 3 “Investment Returns from Responsible Property Investments,” Pivo and Fisher, Boston College, University of Arizona and Indiana University, 2009. 4 “Assessing Green Building Performance: A Post Occupancy Evaluation of 12 GSA Buildings,” GSA Public Building Services, 2008. 5 “Energy Efficiency in Buildings,” World Business Council for Sustainable Development, 2008. 6 “An Introduction to Air Quality,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2008. 7 Ibid. 2. 8 “The UK interdepedence Report,” New Economics Foundation, 2006. UNDERSTANDING LEED V3: GREEN BUILDINGS IN CONTEXT POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS  The impacts of sustainable buildings are documented in reports by the U.S. General Services Administration 4 , World Business Council for Sustainable Development 5 and the Environmental Protection Agency 6  and more. 7  Their findings show the direct benefits of buildings from a social and environmental perspective as well as business and profitability. Society & Environment +  Preserve natural resources +  Protect ecosystems and environmental health +  Improve human health +  Reverse climate change +  Minimize contributions to greenhouse gas emissions +  Reduce water consumption +  Reduce waste output +  Minimize strain on local infrastructure +  Equitable distribution of world resources Business +  Improve employee performance through satisfaction +  Improve occupant health +  Maximize asset value +  Reduce energy use +  Optimize lifecycle performance +  Enhance indoor environmental quality +  Lower maintenance costs +  Positive exposure for environmental actions If every person on Earth consumed resources like the average American, we would need over 5 planets to support the population. 8  04 Environmental standards and certifications: A roadmap for corporate change  The movement toward sustainable business opera-tions is driving standards, legislation and certifica-tions. There are now over 450 eco-labels globally.  9  These voluntary and involuntary guidelines shape programs for materials chemistry, indoor air quality, lifecycle improvements, carbon taxation and chain of custody certification - just to name a few. Buildings are no exception. There are more than a dozen well-known green building programs in use throughout the world. Please see the Addendum for a list of these programs. The world’s first sustainable building certification program was launched in 1990 by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), a UK government-funded research entity. The BRE Environmental As-sessment Method, known as BREEAM, is a gauge for sustainable design and construction through environmental performance standards. According to its web site, BREEAM has certified over 110,000 buildings and has over 500,000 registered projects mainly in Europe and the Gulf regions. 10   Today, the LEED® 11  (Leadership in Energy and En-vironmental Design) Green Building Rating System is among the best known and most followed green building model in the United States and a number of countries around the world. Inspired by BREE- AM, LEED was launched in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry. LEED is a measurement system for key areas of real estate performance including site de-velopment, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and sustainable innovation.Over the past decade, the growing awareness of energy issues, environmental stewardship and sus-tainable incentive programs has resulted in record expansion for USGBC. They have experienced over 200% growth in their national membership, project registrations and certifications, and professional accreditation programs. Programs like LEED and BREAAM have proven to be powerful market drivers for sustainability.  They have put real estate center stage and provide facility targets for corporations and institutions.  The myriad of sustainable resources and programs born from these building standards are providing organizations with packaged solutions to help meet sustainable operational goals. 12   9 “Who’s deciding what’s green?” Big Room Inc., accessed November 16, 2009: 10 “ BREEAM Around the World,” BREEAM, accessed November 16, 2009: 11 ‘LEED’ and related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used with permission. 12 “LEED Projects Grow RapidlyOutside the U.S.,” U.S. Green Building Council, accessed October 16, 2009: USGBCInTheNews.aspx?ID=4169 13 “LEED Projects Grow RapidlyOutside the U.S.,” U.S. Green Building Council, accessed October 16, 2009: USGBCInTheNews.aspx?ID=4169 UNDERSTANDING LEED V3: GREEN BUILDINGS IN CONTEXT LEED APs LEED Registered ProjectsNational MembersLEED Certified Projects 131,76540,4718,07428,5106,40019,5881,0973,279 226%  253%  206%  200%      S   e   p   t .   2   0   0   7    S   e   p   t .   2   0   0   9    U   S   G   B   C   G  r  o  w   t   h  LEED Growth Outside the U.S.  There are currently 30,000+ LEED projects in 114 countries. USGBC reported in August 2009 that international LEED registered projects had risen from 8 in 2004 to 1,120 in 2009 - equating to 27 percent of the total square footage registered for LEED certification. 13 In 2001, Steelcase was awarded the first LEED certification for a manufacturing facility - its Wood Plant in Michigan.
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