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Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB
Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB
Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB
Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB
Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB
Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB
Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB
Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB
Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB
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Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB

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  • 1. Cost/Benefit Analysis of LEED-NC & LEED-EB
  • 2. Why are High-Performance Buildings Important?
    • It is an ethical and practical response to issues of environmental impact and resource consumption
    • Make economic sense on a life-cycle cost (LCC) basis
    • Health of occupants
  • 3. What is LEED-NC
    • LEED-NC assess commercial and institutional projects, including office buildings, high-rise residential buildings, government buildings, recreational facilities, manufacturing plants and laboratories (LEED-NC website)
  • 4. What is LEED-EB
    • LEED for Existing Buildings addresses whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues (including chemical use), recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs, and systems upgrades (LEED-EB website)
  • 5. LCA vs. LCC
    • Life-cycle assessment (LCA): method for determining the environmental and resource impacts of a material, a product, or even a whole building over its entire life.
    • Life-cycle costing (LCC): a cost/benefit analysis performed each year of the building’s probable life to determine if a greater initial cost will yield a significantly lower operational cost over time.
  • 6. Net Present Value Initial Project Cost, Year 0 Savings Year 1 Savings Year 2 Savings Year n Net Present Value $ YR1 $ YR 2 $ YR N
  • 7. Financial Analysis Inputs
    • Average of 2% premium on cost of construction nationwide for LEED silver
    • Measures hard costs
      • Hard costs much easier to quantify (i.e. energy savings)
      • Soft costs more difficult (i.e. employee health)
    • Discount rate is subjective
      • Cap. Rate
    • Time period used is 20 years
  • 8. Case Study: Joe Serenca Jr. California EPA Headquarters Building, Sacramento, California.
  • 9. Concluding Thoughts
    • LEED has many criticisms
      • High rate of failure
      • Point system is unbalanced
      • Hard to breakthrough initial cost
      • High expense for the stamp
    • LEED has exponential growth at an average rate of 120% per year
    • LEED 3.0 implemented in January of 2009

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