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Green Buildings

Missouri Hall at Columbia College, built in 1920, was certified LEED Silver and achieved this in a revenue-neutral manner.

Green buildings are those designed, constructed, renovated or operated in a resource-efficient, healthy and sustainable manner.

Green buildings have been proven to offer the following benefits:

  • Reduces operating costs
  • Increases the building’s value
  • Improves return on investment
  • Improves occupant productivity

An investment of 2% for green building design results, on average, in a life-cycle saving of 20% for the total construction costs: More than 10 times the initial investment.

Currently LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System initiatives can be found in 45 states and 442 localities.

Sustainable Construction for State Funded Buildings

This bill requires that all major state-funded new construction projects achieve a certain level of 3rd party verification of “sustainable construction.” In addition, it requires existing buildings to enroll in the Energy Star rating system and to meet certain goals within five years. Energy Star will allow building managers to easily monitor energy usage in their facilities and make improvements as necessary.

In Missouri alone, there are nearly 120 public- and privately-owned buildings participating in the Energy Star Certified Buildings Program. They represent over 17 million square feet of office, industrial, educational, banking and retail space.

Businesses Show Support for Energy Star

In Missouri alone, there are nearly 120 public- and privately-owned buildings participating in the Energy Star Certified Buildings Program. They represent over 17 million square feet of office, industrial, educational, banking and retail space.