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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5 exciting things happening in the microgrid world

It might be that 2017 goes down as the year of the microgrid, at least among the admittedly small cohort of technologists and professionals focused on energy procurement and building operations. We wrote about microgrids earlier this year, and since then it has become clear that exciting things are happening in this nascent industry. Microgrid …

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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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4 Tips To Keep Your Building Happy This July 4th

Our nation’s birthday is tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited to get out of the office and fire up the grill! If your tenants are anything like us, they’re already checking their shopping lists and planning to swing by the liquor store for a borderline-irresponsible amount of beer after work. (Fun fact: Americans buy …

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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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Everything You Need To Know About GRESB

Around the world, tenants’ and investors’ demand for a better look into buildings and portfolios has led to an explosion of acronym-named organizations that assess and contextualize the performance of commercial real estate. The GRESB assessment is one such tool; it helps commercial real estate investors make more informed decisions. Because GRESB is a benchmark …

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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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5 Energy-Saving Projects to Start on Earth Day

Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Across the globe, the Earth Day Network coordinates celebrations on April 22 in 193 countries. This Earth Day, it might seem like there are more challenges than ever facing the planet. Between the disappearance of the Great Barrier Reef, alarming signs …

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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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