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Ten years ago the concept of prospective tenants requesting a LEED Certified business address would have been unthinkable. Today, green practices and sustainability are part of the common vernacular of lease transactions as awareness and education in both areas have become more prevalent.

At times, LEED certification has been the tipping point to closing a deal. Now a new certification, the Well Building Standard [WELL], is just beginning to gain global traction and commercial real estate owners are taking note. WELL is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness and is certified by the GBCI which administers LEED certification.

CBRE, an early adopter of WELL for their new office building, reported that 83% of employees say they feel more productive in their new environment; 90% would recommend the space to colleagues; 92% feel the space has a positive effect on their health and well-being – compelling statistics to potential tenants.

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Very much like the impact of a clean, well-maintained workplace on employees, the concept of a measureable healthy building has tremendous marketing potential for landlords seeking to set themselves apart. It may quickly be as important a requirement as location, price and a LEED certification when businesses are seeking a new address. For more information on the Program visit:

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