Green Building Fact Sheet

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
September 2007

Advantages of Green Buildings

Green buildings cost less to operate and have an
increased return on income.
Reduction in energy and water use equal higher Net
Operating Income and Building Value.

Studies indicate reduced maintenance and operating
costs for Green buildings.
Green buildings command higher rents and
occupancy rates.

Data indicates that green building command 5% –
10% higher rents and enjoy higher occupancy rates.
Green buildings qualify for tax breaks and
rebates from utilities.

There are a variety of tax incentives available for
green buildings. Utilities are encouraging reduced
power and water use.

Workers in Green buildings have reduced rates of
Healthier employees equal a healthier bottom line,
lower health insurance costs and higher morale
Workers in Green buildings show increased
Studies indicate 5% to 15% increases in productivity
following a move to a green building.

Green buildings are more attractive to tenants.
Retail sales 20% higher in green buildings
Students score 20% higher on math and reading
tests in green buildings.
Green buildings are better risks.
Commissioning process addresses most common
causes of loss in commercial buildings (electrical fires
and plumbing leaks).

Green buildings are better for the environment.
Reduced energy use means less CO2.
America has a potable water crisis on the horizon.
Recycling takes burden off of landfills
Green is a growing trend.

US Green Building Council intends to certify 100,000
buildings by 2010 Green Construction starts expected to exceed $12
Billion in 2007 Green buildings may soon make other buildings obsolete.

What is a Green Building?

Green Buildings are high performance buildings,
featuring a combination of modern technology and
time tested design principles.

They are energy and water efficient, using (on
average) 30% less energy and 50% less water than
“traditional” buildings.

Design and construction emphasizes:
• Energy efficient lighting technology
• Energy efficient equipment (computers,
• Daylighting
• “Right sized” HVAC
• Water efficient plumbing
• Gray water and rain water harvesting
• Green or cool roofs
• Commissioning (a quality control process for
building systems)
• Healthy interior finishes (paint, carpeting,
office furniture)
• Recycling
• Green Cleaning programs

They are certified by two organizations, United States
Green Building Council through the LEED program;
or Green Buildings Initiative through the Green
Globes program.

Certified buildings can be new construction, existing
buildings or even a tenant’s operations.












Green buildings do not take more effort or time to build when green-experienced design and construction
professionals are used and green is incorporated into the design process from the beginning.

The cost of building green has declined as green building materials have become widely available.

Washington DC and Boston now mandate new, private sector construction and major renovations projects to be
green. Some cities, such as Chicago and San Francisco, now fast track the permitting process.

Fireman’s Fund Green Building Coverages

September 2007

Fireman’s Fund has pioneered insurance coverages for green buildings. Three products were launched in
late 2006.

Certified Green Building Coverage


Designed for:
Certified Green Buildings

Real property coverage expanded to fully cover vegetated roofs (roofs with trees and plants), alternative
water systems and alternative energy systems.

Business Income covers alternative energy and water system lost revenue and/or extra expense.
Post loss coverage helps keep the building green. Debris removal provides for recycling on damaged
property. We will pay to hire a LEED certified professional to participate in repairs. Fresh air flush out
coverage pays additional cost of post construction process to improve indoor air quality.

Rate Credit recognizes reduced risk.
Advantage for insured:
Initial attraction is the rate credit. Sales are closed on coverage that fully protects the owner’s investment in
the building.

Real and Personal Property Green Upgrade Coverage


Designed for:
Traditional (non-green) buildings.

Provides for post loss green upgrade for specific real property (roof, lighting, plumbing, small HVAC, ozone friendly cooling and extinguishing agents); personal property (electronics, office furniture) and interior finish (carpeting, paints and adhesives) items.

A building suffering a total loss will be rebuilt as a certified building.
Alternative energy and water system, debris removal and LEED professional coverage provided (as in Certified Building form).

Real property insurance to value increased to recognizing higher cost of green materials. Personal property
charge ($75 per location).

Advantage for insured:
Upgrade of real and personal property using green materials.

Building Commissioning Coverage


Designed for:
All building owners and tenants responsible for building systems. Green and traditional buildings and

Commissioning is a quality control process performed by a third party “commissioning agent” (a professional
engineer) that ensures the building systems have been installed to manufactures and architects
specifications and owners requirements. Commissioning is a prerequisite of certification, it results in more
efficient and safer buildings.
Form provides coverage enabling the insured to hire a commissioning agent to oversee post loss repairs and replacement of certain systems (HVAC, electrical, plumbing. life safety and employee safety).
An additional coverage provision covers the cost of HVAC test and balance, even if the HVAC system was not involved in the loss. A test and balance is a tune up of the system and will improve operating efficiency.

Flat charge based on a pre-selected sublimit . A $100,000 sublimit costs $500 per location.

Advantage for insured:
Commissioning results in lower utility costs, reduces CO2 footprint and creates a safer building.