Looking at the numbers, it is safe to say there have been major strides made in the area of energy efficiency in recent years. Apart from green construction’s direct benefits to the economy, the U.S. Green Building Council further notes its direct benefits to the tenants of those structures, with energy-efficient buildings lowering the overall daily costs of building operations year-over-year.
LEED buildings report almost 20-percent-lower maintenance costs than typical commercial buildings, and green building retrofit projects typically decrease operation costs by almost 10 percent in just one year.
Given this growing demand for energy-efficient structures, the industry is seeing a shift in priorities that construction firms can capitalize on through government incentives—namely the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Deduction (better known as Section 179D of the tax code).
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