With the advent of technology, no matter the industry, consumers are more informed today than they have ever been. Consumer awareness isn’t a trend, it’s the standard that any business should expect. The construction business is no exception. With the development of environmental building practices and standards in the form of LEED certifications, builders and contractors are changing the way they do business not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is becoming what consumers expect.
LEED: The Industry Standard
Not only do LEED certified building operate at a lower cost and have an environmentally-friendly standard, they are seeing higher occupancy rates than non-LEED certified buildings. That statistic alone makes achieving a LEED certification extremely attractive to anyone in the construction or property management industry. What good is a building if you can’t find people to occupy it? The problem contractors and builders are going to face is that they assume that just using sustainable material and using energy and water efficient materials is all they need to do. That’s not the case. The LEED certification isn’t just about the end product, it’s about the entire process. Minimizing waste and proper recycling practices are just as important as the materials used.
It Starts on Day One
If you’re in the construction business, you know they heart and soul of any project lies in the planning. Planning, planning, and more planning. If you’re not incorporating the recycling and waste management processes required to achieve that coveted “green” seal for you building from day one, getting a LEED certification becomes that much harder. That’s where quest comes in: on day one with the knowledge, experience, and talent to make sure you’re handling waste and recycling in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way possible. Just like you measure twice and cut once, having your practices in place for environmentally sustainable building starts before you even break ground.
So, you know that you need to plan the project correctly from the start. You know that environmentally sustainable buildings perform better and are more popular with consumers. You understand the importance of the LEED certification and what it stands for. So why Quest? Simple: we know what we are doing. Waste management and recycling, no matter the industry, is our bread and butter. We’ve handled recycling programs across the country for a variety of different clients, so we leverage all those years of combined expertise and put it to work for you. Oh, and did we mention that we’ve also helped achieve LEED certifications for almost 70 different buildings?