Grow Your Business by Becoming LEED Certified!
If you thought that "going green" might harm your bottom line, you can stop worrying. A 2012 study conducted at Notre Dame University which looked at over 500 PNC branches found that LEED certified PNC bank branches were performing better, profit-wise, than their non-LEED certified counterparts. In fact, customers were even depositing more money at the LEED certified branches!
The study never pinned down exactly why that was so -- whether customers were finding the LEED certified branches more inviting or whether their more comfortable employees were just being more productive. Either way, the LEED certified branches made more money, and it's a safe bet to say their employees appreciated their working environment, too! Either way, their findings support a growing consensus that you certainly don't have to "sacrifice" profitability to become more socially responsible and use more sustainable building materials.
In case you're not familiar with it, LEED is an acronym for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design", and to become LEED certified requires that your building must meet certain MPRs (that's short for Minimum Program Requirements.)
Another interesting aspect of achieving LEED certification is that you'll save money on your day-to-day operating costs, according to the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council). Expect to reduce cost on maintenance, energy, and water all while reducing waste. That's a win-win from every angle! And if you need more incentive, consider that because of these savings combined with increased efficiency, getting back the money you put in won’t take as long as you’d expect; According to the USGBC, green retrofit projects can expect to recoup their investment in as few as 7 years!
If you'd like to learn more about obtaining LEED certification and exactly what it entails, contact us at Scott Henson Architect today.Read more...
Historic Building Preservation Today
Humanity is immortalized through art, language, knowledge and architecture. Through the built environment, we are able to contextualize certain elements of culture, identify different civilizations, and understand how the world has changed over time. Whether it’s the Taj Mahal or the Guggenheim, buildings are a way for the past to both communicate with and project to the future.
Early builders used archaic techniques; architecture was a form of defense, and provided protection against the elements. Fast forward to the renaissance and we see how architecture begins to follow certain rules and proportions. Building typologies begin to emerge and reflect ideologies. Thanks to architects, we are able to associate the church’s elaborate use of light and buttressing as a way of communicating the importance of religion at the time.
Today, architects are fully credentialed and licensed by the state, with all necessary technical and theoretical experience. However, all formalities aside, architects are craftsmen and artists at heart. Oftentimes, historic structures must be brought into the modern era. The average architect can make a building safe and functional, but what makes an architect great is a deep awareness of why cultural preservation is so important, especially in the age of globalization.
Scott Henson Architect, recipient of the prestigious Palladio Award, respects and honors the past. We have an extensive portfolio of projects which show our work in historic building preservation and renovation, as well as all other types of architectural design. For information on the preservation and renovation of historic buildings, please contact us.Read more...