The environment is a critical consideration for any new business. A business that sullies the environment, whether it is through lowering the air quality or harming the local environment is neither good for the company or the people in the area. Ignoring this issue goes beyond just affecting the image of the company. It will significantly impact your bottom line, and can even result in the cessation of operations.
This is why Missouri emphasizes green construction techniques for every new business. We want you to succeed now and in the future. Good business benefits the company, the state, and the people of the state. The state has a task force committed to ensuring the best practices that benefit all Missourians. Here are several techniques used across Missouri to ensure new construction is safe and economical.
First, procedures and policies established by the state ensure that construction firms use the best available methods to minimize the impact to the local environment. This includes encouraging the creation of “green projects” that maximize the use of green construction techniques and prioritizing their approval through the building permit process. This extends to projects that are approved for federal construction.
The vast majority of new construction takes place at the local level. Construction firms not only employ local people, they have the greatest impact on the local business environment. For many new businesses, they are unaware of the importance of this reality. Missouri continues to advance local education programs for businesses to make them aware of the importance of green construction techniques, and provides resources where they can get more information and place them in contact with other local businesses that will assist them in implementing the standards. This is an area of paramount importance, as Missouri strives to significantly increase the number of Energy Star certified buildings across the state.
For the individual business, green construction can be said to have one or all of the following three broad purposes:
- Being environmental friendly to benefit the community
- Reducing the carbon footprint that results in significantly reducing energy consumption
- Focusing on the return on investment for building projects
All of these affect the bottom line of a business, but in very different ways. Appealing to local citizens who want a cleaner environment in which to live would be a concern for businesses that directly serve the local population, such as restaurants and retail stores. Reducing energy consumption that results in a smaller carbon footprint will obviously save money, but has the added advantage of spending less money on energy, translating the advantage to the bottom line. Return on investment is a key incentive for drawing investment money and more business to an area. The increased investment will be converted into a higher standard of living for local residents who can then invest in green technologies to make their homes more energy efficient.
There are obvious crossover benefits from choosing green construction methods. Local businesses that clearly demonstrate a concern for the local environment will be a preferred choice compared to businesses that ignore the quality of life issue. Lower energy costs, however the result is achieved, puts extra money into everybody’s pockets. While a business may have a priority focus of one green construction benefit over another, it is almost certain to impact all three of these broad areas.