Just the other day, I wrote a post on Smart Teachers and Smart Schools how important it is (for all concerned) to enjoy a healthy GREEN environment in a "Smart Building" therein.
One of our colleagues, JT, respondedto the "Smart" post this way: " ....daylighting*, indoor air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics and classroom design - all of which have an important impact on a child's ability to learn and a teacher's ability to teach ...should go without saying...."
While most of agree that the (smart) environmental benefits of green buildings are clear, are aware that the green building concepts have changed the way we design, construct, operate and generally, think, about buildings and communities, there has been a question as to whether green, high performance buildings, add tangible value to a property. Up until just a few years ago, there was no definitive study indicating if there actually is something "smart" going on, a "value-added" factor.
Luckily, Green Value stepped up to the plate. In an independent study researching green buildings in Canada, the UK and the USA, they concluded that there is a clear link beginning to emerge between the market value of a building and its green features.
The study combined a review of literature and case studies and found the following,
a 7-Point Advantage for Smart Living
•1. green buildings good for the environment
•2. provide healthier places to live
•3. offer more productive places to work
•4. can command higher rents and prices
•5. attract tenants more quickly
•6. reduce tenant turnover
•7. cost less to operate and maintain.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
*Daylightinghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylighting is the practice of placing windows, or other transparent media, and reflective surfaces so that, during the day, natural light provides effective internal illumination.
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