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.

Create Sustainable Landlord-Tenant Relationships: Green Lease Leaders
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Help Improve the Energy Efficiency of Leased Spaces: Engage Tenants
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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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This course explains how once-niche green concepts are evolving into high-performance standards across office, retail, and industrial segments, and what commercial practitioners can do to take advantage of long- and short-term sustainability trends and best practices; it also shows how leading property owners incorporate energy efficiency and broader sustainability elements into their operational and investment decisions.
The Tower Companies updated its standard lease agreements to include a green appendix that 100% of new and renewed tenants accepted, supporting efforts to reduce energy and water use across its commercial portfolio.
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.
The tenant improvement period offers a great opportunity to build energy efficiency into a tenant space. 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.
Build-outs and tenant improvements offer great opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of small office spaces. A few simple decisions can help reduce occupancy costs and ensure a healthy environment for employees. This fact sheet for small office leases provides guidance on how property teams, leasing agents, and brokers can communicate the value of considering energy efficiency during tenant improvements.
Green Lease Library Online Library/Resource
The Green Lease Library is a centralized site for commercial green leasing resources. The Green Lease Leaders recognition program was created with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and other Green Lease Library and contributing organizations. For more information on the program, visit www.greenleaseleaders.com.
Hear from multifamily organizations about their experiences leveraging green leases to engage commercial tenants in their energy efficiency goals. You will learn about resources from DOE’s Green Lease Leaders program and the Urban Land Institute that can help your company pursue high-performance status for your multifamily properties. 

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Implementation Model

At Allegheny College, yearly student turnover and lack of campus awareness about efficiency prevented sustained energy savings. Through an Annual Energy Challenge, the college reduced campus-wide electricity usage by 10% and raised funds for solar panels.

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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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