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Did you know that commercial properties can work towards achieving LEED certification by implementing submetering? The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) offers a rating system with nine categories that organizations must adhere to in order to gain certification. Organizations can achieve Water Efficiency and Energy and Atmosphere credits through utility submetering.

The Green Building Council explains that LEED Certification “provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures”.  An LEED certification can help to solidify a property owner’s commitment to environmental conservation, which is of great importance when considering the “go green” mentality of today’s society.

LEED certification also qualifies organizations for tax rebates and zoning allowances, in addition to the savings your property will experience by implementing utility submetering. Those interested in obtaining certification can visit the Green Building Council website for more information.

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 24 commercial building projects have been selected to receive a total of $21 million in assistance to dramatically reduce their energy usage. The ultimate goal of this initiative, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is to achieve 30 percent measured energy savings in the existing buildings selected and 50 percent energy savings in new construction projects.

This initiative aims to connect commercial building owners with teams of researchers from the Department of Energy National Laboratories and additional green building experts.  The teams will collaborate to create low-energy building plans with the hope of inspiring commercial buildings across the United States to adopt energy efficient strategies.

While there is no doubt that these selected properties will significantly increase their energy efficiency, many other properties interested in becoming more energy efficient might not be prepared to fund such large scale projects. Utility submetering is an excellent option to consider if your organization is looking conserve energy while increasing your return on investment. Interested in learning more about how your property can benefit? Contact WaterWatch today.

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