Impacts relating to greenhouse gas emissions, potable water, operational waste, purchasing and indoor environment performance can be collaboratively addressed at a building level by the operators and the occupants of the building. For example, in a commercial setting, a landlord and tenant may jointly agree and commit to sustainability targets, with clear responsibilities assigned to each party. These agreements allow for a more holistic and comprehensive approach to the realization of improved environmental outcomes.
The ‘Commitment to Performance’ credit rewards meaningful engagement and collaboration between building owners and occupants to set, monitor and share environmental targets. The credit acknowledges that optimum building performance is more easily realized when building owners and occupants work together to achieve set targets and implement improvement strategies.
The ‘Commitment to Performance’ credit also aims to address the common issue of leasing conditions that can have significant negative impacts on the sustainability of a building, such as the arbitrary implementation of unsustainable ‘make good’ conditions. The credit rewards practices that minimize the practice of making good, or, where no tenants exist, the practice of designing for long-term use.
Finally, the credit rewards the development of a sustainable procurement framework or guide for the purchasing of goods related to the operation of the building. This may be a company-wide policy, or a policy in operation at the individual asset level.
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