The Power in Building Collaboration
Achieving top-level performance in a multi-tenant office building has its challenges. Landlords must consider the many factors that contribute to a building’s energy efficiency, such as building design, base building systems, management, operation and maintenance, tenant build-out, and occupant behavior. An efficiently designed building may perform poorly if its systems are not well maintained, or if occupants do not use the systems as intended. Likewise, tenants who do all they can to reduce energy waste in their leased space may do little to improve the overall efficiency of a poorly designed or inadequately managed building. The best-performing buildings have one important element in common: tenants and landlords working together toward a unified goal of energy efficiency.
The organizations profiled here, many of them ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year winners, are shining examples of how landlords and tenants are tapping into the power of collaboration to overcome barriers to high-performance buildings. These innovative organizations demonstrate the value of retrofitting leased space as green space, measuring and sharing energy data to enable efficiency, and engaging tenants around sustainability. Their stories serve as models for other landlords and tenants who face challenges in coming together for top performance.