Should you get an extra LEED point? The way to frame the question is of course, is it worth the effort, will you or others benefit from the incremental work? To use economics jargon – what’s the marginal value of LEED? In our research, we have turned up an interesting paper that quantifies this. The paper only looks at the rental […]

Acronyms. CAD you may have heard of. Computer Aided Design (CAD) is the use of computer technology for design and design documentation. CAD software is used by engineers, architects and designers and it replaces manual drafting with an automated process. But Computer Aided Economics? I’d like to introduce you to CAE that, much like CAD, can replace a manual and expensive […]

The ROI for Green Buildings

Autocase for Sustainable Buildings launched at Greenbuild last week. “Can a green building make your company smarter? That’s what new research suggests, underscoring the ROI for green certifications — not just for optimizing the usual factors such as energy and water use, but for elevating workforce productivity. … To that end, a new web-based tool called Autocase for Sustainable Buildings promises to simplify […]

New LEED Pilot Credit for TBL Analysis

We’re very pleased to announce that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has approved a new Pilot Credit – Informing Design Using Triple Bottom Line Analysis – for projects seeking certification under the LEED Green Building Rating System™.  The intent of this pilot credit is to demonstrate the monetized triple bottom line (TBL) i.e. financial, social, and environmental value of […]