Foundations of Efficiency Programs for CRE

Welcome to the Foundations of Efficiency Programs page. For Commercial Real Estate organizations looking to begin their energy efficiency journey, it can be difficult to know how or where to start. Use this page to find resources and publications that provide simple, foundational principles to help navigate setting up a robust and effective sustainability program at your organization.


ULI's Blueprint for Green Real Estate
This comprehensive resource goes in-depth on how real estate owners and developers can accelerate a sustainability program, and integrate it as part of their overall development strategy.

Better Buildings Financing Navigator
The Navigator is an online tool that helps public and private sector organizations find financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Renewable Energy Resource Hub 
The Renewable Energy Resource Hub is a collection of resources that help navigate renewable energy options and address common challenges, including project scoping, funding, technical limitations, and more.

Building Performance Tools
The U.S. Department of Energy developed a comprehensive suite of tools for accessing, managing, analyzing, and sharing building energy data. This website describes how they can be used to support building performance standards (BPS) policies, one of many possible use cases.

The High-Performance Portfolio Framework
This how-to guide for real estate professionals details the critical concepts and actions necessary to create–and maintain–energy excellence in your portfolio.

Guidelines for Energy Management
This guidance from EPA ENERGY STAR® contains a step-by-step roadmap for continuous improvement, based on best practices from some of the nation's leaders in energy management.

Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings
This guide shows how improving the energy efficiency of Class B and C office buildings is possible with relatively simple, lower-cost measures that not only enhance building performance but boost property values to make the buildings more competitive.

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