HOW WE STARTED
The existing buildings market has been led by the success of LEED for Existing Buildings, the US Green Building Council’s suite of rating systems targeted at buildings currently in operation. That program has created a new standard for green building operations, and defined the term itself for the highest performing buildings in the marketplace.
But the vast majority of existing buildings lack the personnel and financial resources to fully engage with LEED, or their building performance currently falls short of LEED’s standards for certification. Some 75% of existing buildings operate below LEED’s required threshold for energy performance alone. These buildings want to be more sustainable; they need to be more sustainable. And now a program exists to help them get there.
The BIT Building Program provides structure, peer support, expert guidance, and public recognition for buildings working to reduce their operational impacts on the environment.
HOW WE WORK
BIT focuses tightly on the three impact areas most essential to a sustainable future: energy efficiency, water efficiency, and waste reduction. By emphasizing improvement rather than a given level of performance, BIT ensures that buildings at all stages of sustainability are recognized for their contributions to changing our human footprint, not just the top performers.