Sustainability

Why Green Buildings Are Rarely As Efficient As Promised

One of the most consistent, most frustrating problems in the building operations world is just how infrequently buildings in the real world live up to the operational efficiency promised on the drawing board. In real estate, this is so common that we’ve given the discrepancy a name: We call it the “efficiency gap”. Nailing down …

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Why the G20 failure on climate change is bad for CRE

Photo Credit: Presidencia de la República Mexicana Over the weekend, President Trump met with the leaders of 19 other leading countries to discuss issues of global governance. On many of those issues, leaders were able to come to agreements that will help the world to better work together going forward. Climate change, a hot-button issue since …

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Data storage companies use a lot of energy; Where it comes from matters

The internet is far and away the biggest thing that we have ever built as a species. That isn’t to say that it’s the most important of the things we’ve built, though it’s up there. Rather, taken as one massive, interconnected machine, the internet simply dwarfs any other single thing mankind has ever created in …

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LEED v4 is Here: What You Need to Know

LEED is the most highly recognized sustainability certification worldwide with over 15.3 billion square feet space in over 160 countries certified. In the United States, 16 states (and growing) require LEED certification for all of their public buildings, making it a necessity for property managers to understand the recent change resulting from the organization’s transition from LEED 2009 to the …

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ARPA-E: Managing building heat DELTAs

In this four-part series, we are examining the environmental government research agency ARPA-E and how its work intersects with the interests of the commercial real estate sector. We began with a high-level look at ARPA-E as an agency before delving into three specific programs that relate to building efficiency: SHIELD, DELTA, and BEETIT. These programs …

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