Businesses benefit from green building
Sustainable buildings may cost more to build, but tenants are willing to stay longer and pay more.
Business representatives at Los Angeles Business Council 's Sustainability Summit on June 29 discussed how building green (efficiently) has increased their own green (money), according to a story in the Los Angeles Times.
More than 500 businesses were represented at the summit, as well as government officials and nonprofit organizations. Business leaders discussed why energy conservation and environmentally friendly practices were good for the company image and the bottom line.
Meeting the USGBC 's LEED standards may cost 1% to 2% more for construction, but LEED buildings rent for 6% to 10% more and tenants are less likely to leave, according to Kevin Ratner, president of a unit of the $10.9 billion Forest City development firm.
Some of the California organizations and businesses boasted how rebates and utility savings have allowed them to retrofit their buildings for free. Others criticized the state for the "litigious nature" of projects.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey