Leasing & Tenant Build-out

Leasing & Tenant Build-out

A significant portion of the energy used in a multi-tenanted building is controlled by the tenants. Managing energy consumption is often a balance between tenants and owners. The split incentive -- where energy efficiency project costs and benefits do not accrue to the same party – can prevent significant investment in improved energy performance. As a contractual agreement, leases serve as powerful mechanisms to assist owners and tenants to control operating expenses and achieve mutually beneficial goals. Leading organizations are utilizing green leasing clauses, developing build-out specifications, and providing design options that will reduce the total cost of occupancy over the life of the lease.

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Financial Allies are actively seeking new partners to work with and can help drive energy efficiency success for commercial, multifamily, industrial, and public buildings. 

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Featured Solutions

This implementation model describes how The Tower Companies bolstered its standard lease agreement by including a green appendix with a 100% acceptance rate.
Building owners can use these best practices, developed in conjunction with an industry advisory group, to implement green leasing language throughout their portfolio. They offer guidance on establishing goals, tracking progress, and engaging with brokers and tenants.
This fact sheet for large office leases provides guidance on how your property teams, leasing agents, and brokers can communicate the value of considering energy efficiency during tenant improvements.
This fact sheet for small office leases provides guidance on how your property teams, leasing agents, and brokers can communicate the value of considering energy efficiency during tenant improvements.

Other Resources

Implementation Model

Allegheny College's energy challenge engages the campus community in energy efficient behaviors, with savings going towards the purchase of solar panels.

Additional Information

Successes in Sustainability: Landlords and Tenants Team Up to Improve Energy Efficiency
An ENERGY STAR report featuring case studies of successful commercial real estate owners, managers, and tenants who are working together to achieve maximum energy performance in their buildings.

National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Energy Efficiency Lease Guidance
A guide that discusses negotiating commercial leases that enable resource efficiency and addresses the major barrier to more efficient buildings in a way that makes energy efficiency a shared objective between landlord and tenant.

Green Lease Library
The website's purpose is to consolidate green leasing resources to provide a one-stop-shop for all audience types-- from building owners and tenants to lawyers and building raters.

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