This article explores the new state mandates in Indiana that require all new and renovated state buildings to be designed and operated for maximum energy efficiency. The author discusses the enormous benefits for building owners, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage and construction waste, particularly regarding materials sent to landfills. He also addresses the economic boost anticipated for the state as improved air and water quality enables it to better compete for new jobs and for the best people to fill them. The article ends with a discussion of the productivity-enhancing potential inherent in sustainable design practices. Notes one expert, “A physical layout and design of space can be just as valuable in boosting productivity as actual business processes.”

Source: Jason Shelley. Indianapolis Business Journal, September 15, 2008, p31

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