Challenge Commitment
25Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity2.8%Average Annual % Improvement
20%Reduction in Water Intensity

TIAA-CREF is a financial services organization specializing in retirement services to 3.7 million customers in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. As a leader in the efficiency field, TIAA-CREF has committed to a Better Buildings Challenge goal of reducing energy consumption in 25 million square feet of office space and over 14 million square feet of multifamily space by 20% by 2020.

Participation in the Better Building's Challenge is providing a forum for TIAA-CREF to share its successes for others to learn from and replicate. In addition to driving comprehensive, building wide upgrades, TIAA-CREF is also committed to continually improving buildings that have already been upgraded. As an example, 801 Brickell (pictured), showcases TIAA-CREF’s commitment to identifying ways to improve already high-performing buildings. Work included enhancing building HVAC controls, performing water balancing for the HVAC system, installing and adjusting VFDs, and implement lighting retrofits. This project reflects TIAA-CREF’s on-going effort to identify and capture no-cost/low-cost opportunities across their portfolio of real estate.