Natural Resources Defense Council BUILDING GREEN FROM PRINCIPLE TO PRACTICE
Home Build Your Business Case Set Your Budget and Goals Adopt a Whole-Building Approach Apply Sustainable Building Strategies Capitalize on Your Achievement
SET YOUR GOALS EARLY

The earlier you set your green building targets, the further your dollars will stretch, the more you will be able to accomplish and the greater your return on investment will be.

For little or no additional cost up front, you can achieve certification for your project according to the LEED green building rating system -- which offers guidelines and suggested strategies in the areas of site, water, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Certification can help boost media interest in your business and offer proof to potential tenants and buyers that you've achieved your sustainability goals.

Once you've settled on your budget and your LEED certification target, use green strategies to design costs out of your project.

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TOP APPROACHES
goals Set Your Goals Early
Build a Green Design Team
Integrate the Design and
Building Process
Convene Design Workshops
Use the LEED Rating System
as a Guide
Engineer for Environmental
Value
Take Advantage of Incentives
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