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For new construction, adding sustainable features can be seamless. But if you own or operate an existing building, these investments can be a giant impediment.

Still, there are reasons to consider green upgrades, such as sensors that detect leaks. “The tangible benefits are that your operating costs go down,” says Megan Baker, senior director of engagement for the Green Building Initiative. “You’re not as wasteful, and you’re much more aware of your consumption. If there are any issues like a water leak or a heater was left on all night, people would be able to identify that much quicker by having some measures in place to be able to monitor all of that.”

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