If a self-storage company is committed to developing its holdings in a way that benefits the corporation, community and environment, green building must be an inherent practice. How we construct and maintain our properties makes a huge difference in the health of our planet and its inhabitants as well as our own bottom line. Green buildings use little energy, have lower maintenance costs and provide a healthier, more stimulating environment for customers and employees. But what exactly does it mean to build “green”? The term has been bandied about for decades, and you’ll find it being used in relation to buildings, communities and products, such as vinyl windows and recycled-content flooring. It’s not always easy to sort through those claims, which is why certification programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the Green Globes rating and certification tool are extremely helpful—even necessary.
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