Your landscape is green and growing—but is it green? More property owners are interested in pursuing what’s referred to as green infrastructure and sustainable landscaping features because they recognize that what’s good for the environment is also beneficial for their bottom lines. And, considering your property’s impact on the environment is the socially responsible thing to do.
The gold standard for achieving a green property is LEED certification. This honor, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, measures the property’s water efficiency, energy, resources and environmental quality, in addition to innovation and design.
For existing buildings, there is LEED Existing Buildings and Operations and Maintenance (EBOM). To get your building certified under LEED EBOM, you need a minimum of 40 points. Your landscape contractor can help you achieve 15 points—that’s more than one-third of your sustainability efforts that can be addressed outdoors.
Getting LEED certified can help differentiate your property, and you can even increase rent. Tenants are seeking out sustainable spaces and want to work with property owners who care about the environment. Plus, LEED improvements to your landscape can cut operations costs and ultimately save you money.
More commercial property owners are catching on. The Lodge at Callaway Gardens is green.
In fact it’s the first conference center in the southeastern United States to gain LEED certification. And, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation office building became Georgia’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold–certified office
Now, you might be wondering: Where do I start? What are the most cost-effective ways to earn more LEED credits from landscaping?
Here are five landscaping projects that will position your commercial Atlanta property to earn credits toward LEED certification.
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