Moving a business to a new location provides a clean slate to explore sustainable design solutions that offer a host of benefits. For a business leader, it’s important to align a company’s economic, environmental, and social goals—an energy-efficient office space can help achieve this.

As businesses think about moving to new space, it’s important to communicate sustainability needs to their design and construction teams as well as the landlord. These parties will best assist in achieving sustainability goals whether it be to obtain a certification, save on operating expenses, or to meet corporate social responsibilities.

This guide, produced by IMT and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility also contains leasing strategies for discussing sustainability goals with a prospective landlord, outlining specific concerns and benefits that are applicable to both parties.

This guide borrows strategies from the following sustainability rating systems:

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Commercial Interiors Versions 3 (2009) and 4.
  • WELL Building Standard Version 1.0

By adhering to these guidelines, businesses can be closer to achieving sustainability certifications for their space. For more information about obtaining these certifications, please visit:

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