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Perspective: A Key Development in Green Planning and Design
October 27, 2017
The real estate industry has a new focus on how design, operations, and the indoor environment affect the health and wellness of occupants: Studies show that quality of light, products and materials used, and air particle content have a profound impact on occupant well-being and productivity.
To help managers meet demand for such healthy spaces, the IREM Certified Sustainable Property (CSP) program provides a framework for impacting the health and wellness attributes of a property. This certification has an entire Health category, in addition to more traditional categories, such as Energy, Water, Recycling, and Purchasing.
CSP program participants have installed new water filters on fountains, conducted IAQ testing, and provided information on healthy lighting to new tenants during build out. So, this certification is a way to make positive changes and meet sustainability goals. It’s a tool for green-building planning and design.
This article was contributed by IREM, The Institute of Real Estate Management. The IREM Certified Sustainable Property (CSP) certification is a recognition program for existing office properties, multifamily communities, and shopping centers. For more on green building and other sustainability initiatives, see Building Operating Management’s October 2017 Green Issue.