ENERGY STAR Award-winning partner CBRE engaged a research team from Maastricht University to measure the uptake of green building certification in the top 30 largest U.S. office markets from 2005 to 2013. The results are outlined in this 38-page report. Among the key findings are:
Do you have energy efficiency projects that have been postponed or rejected due to capital budget limitations, other projects with better returns, or lack of expertise? Yet, from your perspective the project should be a “no brainer” due to the immediate positive cash flows generated by the energy savings. Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project. The self-funding aspect of energy efficiency is often under-appreciated by senior management, and you want to be able to clearly address any questions, concerns, and benefits.
This 2-page factsheet summarizes the energy, operational, and property characteristics of office buildings benchmarking in Portfolio Manager. Other statistics are also presented in an easy-to-read format.
Use this sample letter to request energy data from your tenants. This is helpful for instances where you want whole-building energy data, but only have access to energy bills for a portion of the space. The letter discusses what it means to be an ENERGY STAR partner, why benchmarking is important, and what exactly you need your tenants to do.
This 28-page report profiles several commercial real estate owners, managers, and tenants who are tapping into the power of collaboration to overcome barriers to high-performance, sustainable buildings. These innovative organizations demonstrate the value of retrofitting leased space as green space, measuring and sharing energy data to enable efficiency, and engaging around sustainability. Their stories serve as models for other landlords and tenants who face challenges in coming together for top performance.