Commercial property management these days is about far more than just arranging repairs and finding new tenants. It’s about creating and maintaining a building that your tenants will love and that reinforces the image they want to present to their customers.
More and more businesses are adopting an ethos of sustainability and with increased awareness of environmental issues among consumers, a ‘green’ commercial building can have a lot of appeal for commercial tenants.
Here are a few things you can do to create a more environmentally friendly commercial premises, reduce costs and attract and maintain tenants who see your property as in line with their personal values.
- Improve energy efficiency by making use of natural lighting like skylights and switching to energy efficient light bulbs.
- Put heating and cooling on a timer or use motion sensors after hours so they only switch on when there is someone in the building.
- Consider collecting rainwater to use for flushing toilets and watering plants.
- Make sure your building’s insulation is up to standard so heat is kept in during winter and out during summer – this will not only reduce the energy consumption required to maintain a pleasant temperature, it will also have a positive impact on your tenants’ power bills.
- Consider installing a green roof to reduce run-off from rain, help with insulation and increase the visual appeal of your building.
- Install devices that can measure energy consumption and display it to tenants so they are aware of how much energy they are using. This also helps your tenants take responsibility for their energy use and enjoy greater transparency over their costs.
While this might seem like a bit of work in the beginning, a knowledgeable building manager can help you find ways to create a more sustainable commercial property, which will be more appealing to potential tenants.