Efficient Construction Makes Financial Sense, Says ‘Father of LEED’

‘Father of LEED’ Rob Watson says green construction makes financial sense

Tulsa World, March 8, 2014

Many real estate property owners believe they can’t afford to go “green,” but in reality it’s the other way around, a leader in the sustainable building movement said Friday.

Owners of buildings and homes usually complain that designing or retrofitting a structure to provide energy efficiency, water savings and better indoor air quality can add 1 percent or more to the budget.

Rob Watson, the man who helped develop modern green building standards, said architects need to educate owners that 1 percent is not being added, it’s just being spent differently. And, the payoff is substantial.

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