Companies in need of furnished office space can reduce their carbon footprint doubly by using both furniture and space that is aligned with green goals. A report from the Institute from Market Transportation recently looked at “green leases,” leasing agreements that include financial incentives designed to encourage environmentally-friendly practices. According to this document, these leases can benefit tenants and landlords.
Because the green standards are adjusted clause by clause in the lease, the source says it can be hard to tell whether one is truly “green” or not just at a glance. The source asserts that these agreements would make a difference if adopted on a mass scale, though, leading to as much as 22.3 percent potential energy savings among office buildings in the United States.
The report also contextualizes the benefits of a green lease, saying that one could be a stepping stone to LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications, both of which are important standards for energy efficiency. Even if a project doesn’t qualify at first, being aware of the benefits of “going green” is a good start for prolonged change.
“If every leased office building in the United States were to implement green leases, 77–152 million MMBTU of energy could be saved annually, representing $1.7 billion to $3.3 billion in annual utility savings,” it reads. “These savings can be unlocked through the process of signing an energy-aligned lease and engaging in reasonable energy efficiency measures.”
Just as the report pairs the green lease program with these other standards, so can companies use green office solutions as an extension of the kind of commitment they are willing to make with a green office plan. Purchasing reuse-ready furniture items is a natural accompaniment for spaces that are already steering toward environmental awareness and better general efficiency.