Productivity, health and financial benefits and incentives
The productivity and health benefits associated with LEED Certified buildings are huge compared to the energy benefit that most owners recognize, as shown in the accompanying pie chart. One major contributing factor is improved indoor air quality resulting from proper measurement, control and delivery of outside air. Local governments are providing incentives for (and in some cases are requiring) environmental sustainability in new construction projects, public and/or private (USGBC State Report: Advancing Green Building Policy in the States).
Financial incentives and grants may be available for certain projects in specific locations that choose to seek LEED certification. Some local governments and many federal agencies include achievement of a LEED Certified or Silver Rating as a construction contract goal for new public buildings (e.g. GSA/PBS, DHHS/NIH, DOD, DOS, DOJ, DOC, DOI, DOE, TVA, EPA, etc.) Some agencies have "adopted" the rating principles and administer compliance internally, without official registration with the USGBC. For a complete and updated list, visit www.USGBC.org/DisplayPage.
Green Building Financial Benefits (LEED Certified and Silver Buildings)