Green building has quickly become big business in the construction industry. With growth outpacing that of overall construction in the U.S., green building is booming. This trend is expected to continue to gain momentum, contributing an estimated 1.1 million jobs and $75.6 billion in wages to the economy by 2018, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Meeting Market Demand
The popularity of environmentally friendly buildings and facilities has made green building increasingly desirable. Through the use of sustainable materials, waste minimization and lower environmental impact, green buildings benefit from reduced maintenance needs, and reduced energy and water consumption. These benefits translate to measurable cost savings and returns on investment.
LEED certified buildings are expected to save billions in day-to-day costs for property owners and managers. The USGBC estimates LEED buildings will save $1.2 billion in energy costs, $149.5 million in water costs and $715.2 million in maintenance costs between 2015 and 2018.
In addition to lower operating costs, LEED certified commercial buildings have higher market values. According to a report by the Institute for Building Efficiency, LEED certified buildings see increased resale values by up to a 17 percent, increased rental rates by up to 35 percent, and increased occupancy rates by up to 18 percent.
Green Building Support
Quest can provide the support your construction operation needs to efficiently and cost-effectively meet the demand for green building projects. Our comprehensive national programs provide your team with a single point of contact to manage all of your green building and environmental needs from any jobsite or office in North America.
Quest designs and manages waste minimization solutions, specifically tailored to your operation’s needs, that can easily be rolled out across the country. Jobsite programs and services include recycling a myriad of C&D waste streams—such as concrete, metal, dry wall, electric wiring, cardboard, plastic and more—as well as safe disposal of municipal solid waste and hazardous waste.
Quest meticulously tracks all of your landfill diversion and environmental data giving you full visibility via Q Link, our online business intelligence platform. Quest will also use this data to manage LEED project credits, when seeking certification, using the LEED-online tool.
Quest’s team of environmental experts, who is available 24/7/365, handles every aspect of your green building programs for you. Your dedicated account management team will:
- Bid, select and manage service providers
- Schedule services for each of your locations
- Continuously monitor service providers
- Verify recycling and disposal of waste streams
- Deliver detailed environmental data on Quest’s online platform
- Track material conservation data to facilitate credit submission to LEED-online
- Provide consolidated invoices
Take Green Building To The Next Level With LEED Certification
LEED certified new construction is in high demand thanks to increased property values—a 4 percent value increase on average—and lower day-to-day costs, like water, energy and maintenance as mentioned above. LEED accreditation for Existing Buildings is also on the rise, in which retrofits and remodels increase energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality and more.
Quest’s team of experienced LEED APs has secured 69 LEED certifications and re-certifications for large real estate portfolios North America. Our team manages all aspects of the certification process, handling policy and procedure development, program implementation, credit tracking and detailed reporting for your team.
Whether your operation needs jobsite green building services or LEED certification for your construction projects (or both!), Quest can manage every piece of your environmental programs so you can focus on your core business.