Talk to those who’ve been involved in a LEED project and you’ll no doubt feel their passion for creating certifiably more sustainable and enhancing spaces. In addition to that passion, something else you can bet on—they are likely highly organized individuals.
That’s because designing and furnishing high-performance buildings requires quite a bit of research and documentation. But there are enormous benefits from LEED and similar sustainability certifications that make that process worth the effort.
According to a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) study, “high-performance buildings save energy, save water, cost less to operate, produce less waste, and have more satisfied occupants compared to typical buildings. In short, they deliver cost savings and tenant satisfaction.”
As the benefits and savings continue to accrue, digital platforms such as ecomedes are designed to simplify sustainable purchasing, streamline how the necessary data is gathered, and arm the right teams with actionable intelligence on how to increase the number of high-performance buildings.
With 4.2 million eco-data points, ecomedes’ mission is to help users measure purchasing impacts and meet building goals, including compliance with green building rating systems. There’s no need to sign in or create an account as the site’s half a million products and their ecolabels are open to the public, making it easier to find high-performance options. The focus is simple: centralizing data that previously existed on numerous sites.
We have seen customers actually quote specific data regarding Lifecycle, water savings, energy savings and total cost of ownership to the clients that they are seeking to place into the spaces that are being built. This is real value in Data Driven Analytics.”
-Bill Strang, President of Operations and Ecommerce, TOTO USA
In an effort to support sustainable practices and environmental reporting in furniture selection, HNI ONE is excited to share that for the first time, all of the HNI brands’ sustainable product information will exist together on our own ecomedes site. The site not only allows HNI to customize the level of detail and formatting based on what our clients are asking for, but it empowers procurement, facilities, designers, etc. to search one website for the information they need rather than many.
The HNI ONE ecomedes sustainability tool is currently in development and is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year. To find out more about the ecomedes mission and how it can help support your organization, visit https://www.ecomedes.com/.
1. ”The Impact of High-Performance Buildings.” Home. July 23, 2018. Accessed September 19, 2018. https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/organization/office-of-governmentwide-policy/office-of-federal-highperformance-buildings/resource-library/integrative-strategies/the-impact-of-highperformance-buildings.