By Mark Miller
Originally Posted in Office Furniture & Design Magazine Oct/Nov 2008 Edition
Could green be the new black? In commercial office buildings, things seem to be heading that way. As businesses seek to minimize their environmental footprint, create a healthier workplace for their employees and lower their operating costs, the office furniture industry is working to meet these new performance demands. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, has become the national standard by which a building and its commercial interiors are evaluated. While office furniture dealers will occasionally be involved in projects involving the standards for LEED for New Construction (NC), dealers are more likely to interact with customers interested in achieving certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) rating system. LEED-CI has some additional furniture and furnishing-specific credits and provides office tenants the opportunity to make sustainable choices even if they don’t control the entire building.
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