According to a new poll by Mortgage Lenders Network USA (MLN), 94 percent of Americans prefer to work in a building that is designed to be energy efficient and ecologically sound.
Women appear to be more environmentally-concerned than men about their workplace. The poll also revealed that 72 percent of working women declare a strong preference for green employers, vs. 64 percent of men. And, a larger percentage of Americans ages 45-54 would prefer to work in an eco-friendly building vs. their less eco-minded counterparts ages 25-34 (74 percent vs. 62 percent).
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The trend toward building green comes as no surprise to Jim Smith, senior director of real estate and facilities at MLN. He is spearheading construction efforts for MLN's $75 million eco-friendly headquarters with an eye toward earning LEED certification from the USGBC.MLN's new headquarters in
Yet, Smith says their green building strategy is about more than just keeping employees happy and healthy.
"MLN is looking beyond the common benefits of green buildings—employee retention, fewer illnesses and increased productivity—and seeking to influence employees and customers to live and build green in order to increase environmental sustainability," says Smith. "Energy independence is the first step toward financial independence. A greater reliance on sustainable resources will help pave the way."
One example of MLN's drive toward energy efficiency is The Founder's Cottage at its new headquarters. This New England-style farmhouse will feature state-of-the-art technology, allowing it to produce as much energy as it uses through solar panels and hydraulic power.About Mortgage Lenders Network
The environmentally-friendly buildings poll was conducted by Kelton Research on behalf on MLN in July 2006. The sample size was 1,000 Americans ages 18 and older.Source: Mortgage Lenders Network