The energy benefits of working in a LEED-certified building are obvious, but there are also tangible financial perks as well. An article in the Houston Business Journal recently reported on the value of LEED properties in the local metro area and how this classification affects them. This starts with the physical construction of the building but extends to everything within it, including the quality office furniture you use.

The source, citing information from Co-Star, described the differences between local buildings that meet the LEED standard and those that don’t. According to them, the properties that were registered as LEED average a gross of $9 per square foot higher and are nearly $30 more expensive than those that aren’t.

These properties are also more expensive to construct at first, but the cost can be recouped over time. Houston in particular has ranked highly on green building adoption rankings.

In addition, the article quoted Rives Taylor of the local office of Gensler, a design business, who described in detail what LEED certification means in the broader sense of a business’ options and profile.

“LEED certification is having a third party say this is a building that is built well and going to operate efficiently,” Taylor says. “It’s very important to international investors, particularly those from Europe, where building sustainably is pretty much standard.”

As the United States Green Building Council reports on its website, 60,000 businesses around the world are using LEED guidelines, a number that increases with every day. Environmental office solutions can raise the worth of your building, and they also get everyone in your company thinking more proactively about the little ways they can be “greener.”