Operational Costs

Photo: U.S. Navy (public domain)


Operational cost savings go hand-in-hand with common green building measures:

  • energy savings from well-designed building assemblies

  • water savings from efficient fixtures and fittings

  • maintenance cost savings from durable and less-toxic finishes

However, if you look at the purpose of our buildings—to provide productive spaces for office workers, learning environments for children, and healing spaces for hospital patients—the biggest cost implications for buildings are those that affect occupants. In that light, additional green building strategies also make a lot of sense:

  • daylighting for greater worker productivity

  • ventilation and low-emitting products for better air quality, and test scores

  • biophilic design elements for faster healing