Hidden Value: Sub-metering
LEED certification was a goal of the owner from the outset of the Center for Life Science | Boston project, with specific emphasis on energy and water usage reductions, due to high demand on these resources in this building type. Careful consideration was given to utility distribution throughout the building as well as how utilities would be measured and allocated for tenants. Sub-metering was provided, so that each tenant could clearly monitor and responsibly track their utility usage. This metering feature not only conveyed a strong message of sustainable lab practices, but also made the development property attractive for companies desirous of a high level of control over their use of resources. Despite its high-intensity research nature, the building achieves an overall 30% reduction in actual energy costs, for a savings of $102,181 and 7,326 tons of CO2 annually.