Commercial Real Estate
Commercial Real Estate
Commercial real estate properties represent nearly 16 billion square feet of floorspace. These properties consume more than 17% of all commercial building energy use and spend more than $32 billion annually on energy. Through the Better Buildings Alliance's commercial real estate sector group, 51 partners who own, lease, or manage over 6.5 billion square feet of commercial space, equivalent to 40% of the commercial real estate market floorspace, are sharing best practices, and engaging with technical experts to advance their energy savings goals.
View select opportunities available to Alliance partners. Sign up for a technology campaign, engage in peer-exchange call with experts, or adopt another partner's proven solution.
Through the Better Buildings Alliance, over 200 public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.
More than 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.
Leveraging Green Leases To Reduce Energy And Water Use Implementation ModelThis implementation model describes how The Tower Companies bolstered its standard lease agreement by including a green appendix with a 100% acceptance rate.
Student Fellowships To Kickstart In-House Energy Programs Implementation ModelShorenstein established a fellowship position that provides analytic and strategic support to accelerate energy efficiency investment and communicate the value of sustainable investments.
Data Update and Certification Scorecard Implementation ModelTH Real Estate introduced sustainability metrics to its existing property governance scorecard motivating third-party property managers to do more.
Blair Office Building Showcase ProjectThe Tower Companies updated systems at a 1960's era, Class C office building without a BAS to improve energy performance by more than 20%.
50 California Street Showcase ProjectShorenstein Realty Services upgraded to Direct Digital Controls, modified setpoints, installed variable frequency drives, and upgraded to LEDs at a 735,000 square foot office building in San Francisco.
ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard
A proven approach for U.S. industrial and commercial facilities to continually improve energy performance. This powerful new standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides an internationally recognized framework for organizations to voluntarily implement an energy management system.
U.S. EPA Guidelines for Energy Management
A proven strategy for energy management developed by the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR program.
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) BetterBricks
NEEA’s repository of resources and tools for improving the operations and performance of buildings.
ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual
A strategic manual designed to assist building owners and managers to design and implement energy performance measures in commercial buildings.
Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides
The Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides (AERGs) were created to help decision makers plan, design, and implement energy improvement projects in their facilities. Guides are available for office buildings, warehouses and retail buildings.
Advanced Energy Design Guides
Created by ASHRAE and its partners, the Advanced Energy Design Guides for 50% Savings offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004.
DOE 179D Tax Deduction Eligibility Calculator
A DOE approved tool that provides calculations to determine eligibility for the 179D federal tax deduction as a substitute for other modeling software. The 179D DOE Calculator provides pre-simulated results to determine qualification for both the partial and interim compliance pathways.
DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency)
A comprehensive database of incentives, rebates and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.
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.
Webinar: Successes in Sustainability: Landlords and Tenants Team Up to Improve Energy Efficiency
An ENERGY STAR webinar featuring Kilroy Realty and Beacon Capital Partners, who share best practices for engaging tenants on energy efficiency.
8 Great Strategies to Engage Tenants
In this slide presentation, ENERGY STAR partners share innovative and effective strategies to engage tenants in energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives.
Technology Performance Exchange
The Technology Performance Exchange will establish a web-based portal and accompanying database that allows technology suppliers to submit product performance data that private and public sector end users can use to make fact-based procurement decisions.
Commercial Buildings Resource Database
The database provides resources developed by the Building Technologies Office and its partners. Building owners and operators can use this centralized collection of materials produced from DOE's commercial buildings research to design, build, and upgrade their facilities.
GSA Green Proving Ground (GPG)
Summary and reports for energy efficiency technologies evaluated by the U.S. General Services Administration Green Proving Ground (GPG) Program.
PNNL Rooftop Unit Comparison Calculator
A web-based, easy-to-use life-cycle cost calculator comparing standard rooftop units (RTUs) with high-efficiency models.
Federal Energy Management Program Technology Deployment
The federal technology deployment evaluation process, matrix, and recommendations of technologies that can be considered for adoption across federal buildings. Research and suggestions are frequently applicable to the commercial building sector, in general.
ENERGY STAR Purchasing and Procurement
An ENERGY STAR resource on purchasing efficient products to reduce energy costs without compromising quality. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified products and specify them in your purchasing policies and contracts.
The Better Buildings Alliance Commercial Real Estate Steering Committee helps to set priorities for Alliance work in the sector each year. This year, sector activities are focused on the following priorities:
- Encouraging tenant level submetering of energy consumption by launching a database that details submetering legislation by market.
- Increase the energy efficiency of leased space by recognizing top performers and generating best practices for building occupants.
- Develop guidance for building owners to create Green Revolving Funds that allow energy cost savings to fund further energy efficiency improvements.
- Create resources to help owners and developers renovate and reposition Class B & C real estate to maximize energy efficiency.
Steering Committee Members
- Eric Duchon, Cushman & Wakefield (Chair)
- Ellen Bell, Environmental Defense Fund
- Michael Drowne, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
- Mike Groppi, CBRE
- Huiet Joseph, Cox Enterprises
- Jennifer McConkey, Principal Real Estate Investors
- Joyce Mihalik, Forest City Realty Trust
- Matthew Praske, Washington REIT
- Becca Rushin, Jamestown
- John K. Scott, Colliers International
- Mason Sharpe, Sharpe Properties Group, LLC
- Brenna Walraven, Corporate Sustainability Strategies