Call Center Designers are Going Green
By Ashley Caputo, TMCnet Web Editor
Over the past few years, environment global awareness has become a prominent issue for industries of all kinds who are being pushed to promote a greener company philosophy. As development in call center steadily increases, designers and furniture manufacturers are working diligently to create office buildings are inexpensive, efficient and, most importantly, environment friendly.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has thousands of members who are working together to help build industries that foster greener friendly roots. One of its most widely recognized building programs its LEED, a green building rating system. Each building project must satisfy the requirements in their designated category to earn points, which determine what level of LEED certification it will receive.
You might be wondering how LEED certification can help your business, aside from the benefits to the environment. So, here are some reasons why businesses should join LEEDs’ building program:
Gives You a Competitive Edge
Green buildings attract more buyers and tenants who are looking to lower their operating costs and have a healthier indoor environment.
According to LEED, when developers go green for their new construction, occupancy increase 6.4 percent and rent increases 6.1 percent. For those existing buildings undergoing a green change, occupancy increase 2.5 percent and rent increases one percent.
Reduces Health Risks
LEED certification goes above and beyond minimum building code requirements to assure that all health hazards, like indoor air quality, are taken into account. This type of assurance will satisfy health measurements and help avoid businesses from health-related lawsuits.
Being Green Certified Attracts Tenants
With the green revolution underway, many consumers becoming aware of this campaign, and thus, are looking for an office space that has environment friendly features.
By instating energy conservation and green projects, businesses can save thousands per year and a staggering annual return on investment.
According to LEED, on average, an upfront investment of two percent in green building design results in lifecycle savings of 20 percent of the total construction costs, which is more than 10 times the initial investment.
But most importantly, by incorporating environment friendly factors into the building process, businesses are paving the way for a new generation that embraces international issues that need awareness to be brought to them.
Design companies likes Interior Concepts have already started working with LEED to help create workstations for schools and following the CGPS performance standard set so that the workstations are classified as low-emitting furniture.
Call centers, which are being developed all over the world thanks to common trends like outsourcing and solutions that feature multi-language functions, could potentially help spread this green trend by joining programs like LEED, or designing offices that align with its philosophies.
For more information on how to get LEED certified, click here.
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli