Commercial Real Estate
Commercial Real Estate
Commercial real estate properties represent nearly 15 billion square feet of floorspace. These properties consume more than 17% of all commercial building energy use and spend more than $30 billion annually on energy. Through the Better Buildings Alliance's commercial real estate sector group, 51 partners who own, lease, or manage over 6.6 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.
Team up with DOE’s exceptional network of staff and technical experts to determine energy savings goals, develop innovative cost effective energy solutions, and deploy efficient technologies and market practices.
The Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is transitioning to a virtual leadership symposium, taking place June 8-11, 2020. Experience 4 days of sessions, workshops, recognition, and more with industry experts and peers.
Dealing with COVID-19 presents an unprecedented scenario for building owners, plant managers, and employees. Better Buildings has collected resources from partners, affiliates, and other organizations that may prove useful.
Columbia Association Upgrades Aging Infrastructure with Advanced Rooftop Units Implementation ModelColumbia Association developed an RTU replacement plan and basis fo design specification for its building portfolio leading to the identification and installation of more than 40 cost-effective, high-performance RTUs, helping reach its 20% energy reduction goal.
Shorenstein's Chiller Upgrade and Renovation Helps Reposition Iconic Market Square Property Solutions at a GlanceShorenstein carried out several energy efficiency measures at Market Square, including HVAC and LED lighting upgrades which saved 40% in energy use. These upgrades to the base building helped insure that tenants were moving into a highly efficient building.
Park Place Showcase ProjectLBA Realty completed an ambitious redevelopment project that includes multiple energy-efficiency measures such as upgrades to the building’s central plant and installation of a 1.3-MW intelligent energy storage system, along with enhancements to building entries, landscaping, common areas, and on-site amenities.
Woodland Hills - 21555 Oxnard Street Showcase ProjectAnthem implemented a landscaping redesign plan to reduce water demand and create a more resilient environment at the 21555 Oxnard Street campus in Woodland Hills, CA, which reduced its water demand by 46 percent annually.
799 Market Street Showcase ProjectJamestown executed a modest capital improvement plan at 799 Market Street which included improvements to increase energy and water efficiency in the building, a lobby redesign, addition of bike storage and upgrades to common areas to increase the building’s appeal to technology sector tenants.
The Tower Companies Leverages Green Leases to Reduce Energy and Water Use Implementation ModelThe 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.
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.
The Tower Companies: Applying Energy Management Best Practices to Water Monitoring Implementation ModelTower has taken its water management program to the next level with daily reporting, 15-minute interval data, real-time alerts, advanced data analytics, setpoint modifications, and internal water audits that have resulted in signifigant water consumption savings.
Lendlease: Understanding Resident Energy Behavior Through Energy Management Systems Implementation ModelTo better understand resident energy use and efficiency behaviors, Lendlease piloted a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) at a military housing community, and has since installed BEMS in nearly 4,500 homes, anticipating 16% electricity savings.
The Tower Companies Installs Rooftop Solar on 1960s High-Rise Building with Full Occupancy Implementation ModelIn 2019, The Tower Companies (“Tower”) installed the largest rooftop solar PV system on a mid-century multifamily building in Montgomery County, Maryland. The 122-kW installation reduces almost 10% of the overall operating costs at Blair House.
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:
- Develop guidance/analysis from organizational energy + resilience efforts, and make connections and build regional ties for resilience partnerships spanning the public/private sector
- Leverage Better Building partner successes to drive awareness and adoption of energy efficiency in businesses beginning their energy efficiency/sustainability journey
- Promote new building technologies, validation opportunities, and results to support broader adoption
Steering Committee Members
- Eric Duchon, LaSalle Investment Management
- Ellen Bell, Environmental Defense Fund
- Michael Drowne, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
- JP Flaherty, Tishman Speyer
- Mike Groppi, CBRE
- Hakon Mattson, Anthem, Inc.
- Jonathan Bauer, Tower Companies
- Sara Neff, Kilroy Realty
- Matthew Praske, Washington REIT (Chair)
- Becca Rushin, Jamestown
- John K. Scott, Colliers International
- Brenna Walraven, Corporate Sustainability Strategies
- Marta Schantz, Urban Land Institute