Speaking of client expectations, Reffel says a growing number of property managers are looking for contractors who have a solid understanding of green building and sustainable landscaping. That’s why Reffel invested roughly $900, not to mention countless hours of personal time, in LEED accreditation. He passed the LEED AP test in 2009, and says his company has landed new accounts because of it.
“We’ve taken on the maintenance of a new LEED building here in Denver,” Reffel tells. “From what I know, it’s the only LEED Platinum high-rise west of the Mississippi. The account mainly consists of a rooftop garden and some plantings, but has been a springboard to a portfolio of snow removal.”
Reffel had gotten to know the property manager early in his LEED training and testing phase. “My involvement with LEED has come into play with networking,” Reffel points out. “We get a lot of work through BOMA, so being LEED-accredited myself has really helped when talking with other LEED-accredited building managers.”
Reffel believes that more consumers are starting to understand both the environmental and financial benefits of green building. As a result, more homebuilders, property managers and other contractors are putting more focus on it. And that’s why Reffel has decided to do so, as well.
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