Across the United States, more building developers are working toward creating structures with the environment in mind, utilizing LEED standards and Energy Star products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, commercial real estates accounts for 36 percent of greenhouse gases.
As more corporate tenants are looking for more eco-friendly work spaces, construction firms have responded: about one-third of new buildings are made with eco-friendly products or materials, according to the Washington Post.
Many designers in Washington D.C. specifically, have been working toward more environmentally-conscious offices since 2009, when the Energy Independence and Security Act passed. Buildings that ran on Energy Star products were made eligible to receive incentives. Since implementing the law, about two-thirds of spaces in D.C. are now environmentally friendly.
Landlords have also experienced a benefit from pursuing environmentally friendly spaces. Green buildings have had lower vacancies. Large organizations like the Securities and Exchange Commission and Kaiser Permanente chose to relocate to the city’s latest green office, even though spaces closer to Capitol Hill were available.
In order to maximize green efforts, businesses that are moving into environmentally conscious buildings may want to consider used office furnishings. Used commercial furniture helps further environmental goals. Also, business furniture can be very expensive at retail value, but used office liquidators have items that are durable and functional for corporate use.