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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 24, 2020
On January 23, DOE recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner MetLife Investment Management for advances in energy efficiency made at its District Center in Washington, D.C. MetLife’s District Center is a 910,000-square-foot commercial building in Washington, D.C.’s east end. As a result of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 20, 2019
Three prominent commercial real estate companies have recently joined the Better Buildings Challenge. MetLife Investment Management, Kilroy Realty Corporation, and Highwoods Properties join other notable Challenge partners that own, lease, or manage commercial properties in the United States....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 15, 2019
On April 15, DOE recognized Shorenstein Properties LLC, a Better Buildings Challenge partner, for its commitment to energy efficiency and toured a large project recently completed in San Francisco. Shorenstein has implemented numerous energy efficiency upgrades at its Market Square property in San...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 17, 2018
What is the relationship between a building’s energy efficiency features and its financial performance? Through the Better Buildings Alliance’s Market Solutions Team, DOE is working to find out. New research is underway in this field – supported by an RFP led by Lawrence Berkeley National...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2018
On June 21, 2018 Shorenstein Properties released its 2018 Sustainability Report that highlights the company’s aggressive new environmental performance goals. By 2025 Shorenstein is seeking to cut both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, while increasing recycling by 20%. Shorenstein is...
by Cindy Zhu, DOE Fellow on Dec 05, 2017
Advocates for the development and investment of high-performing, energy efficient buildings understand the hurdles that come along with proving the business case to commercial real estate owners and investors. Fortunately, a strong and growing amount of research effectively shows the significant...
by Cindy Zhu, DOE Fellow on Sep 19, 2017
Missing links don’t have to be missed opportunities. Within the commercial real estate space, a significant opportunity exists to incorporate energy into real estate transactions during the mortgage underwriting process. The Commercial Mortgages project team, comprised of the Institute for Market...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 17, 2017
The 2017 Better Buildings Summit brought the best and brightest energy-efficiency experts to Washington, D.C., and this month, we're recapping our top-performing Summit presentations according to attendee feedback. Coming in at Number 4 is "Believe in Green: Investor-Oriented Sustainability...
by Kelly Vaughn, Program Marketer, Rocky Mountain Institute on Jul 21, 2017
This summer, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance announced the new class of Green Lease Leaders, a designation to recognize companies that have successfully modernized their lease language to include energy efficiency, and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 14, 2017
Better Buildings Affiliate Seventhwave advances sustainability as an independent non-profit through energy consulting, continuing education, research and program design for the residential and commercial building sectors. Want a piece of their institutional wisdom? Based on recent projects,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 12, 2017
With all the excitement in the run-up to the Better Buildings Summit, you may have missed some of the great new resources that were published in the Better Buildings Solution Center! Take a minute to check out some of the newest solutions from Better Buildings Challenge partners: Partner:...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 22, 2017
With a 2008 energy baseline, Shorenstein Properties committed 21 million square feet to the Better Buildings Challenge, and the results have been impressive, as the commercial real estate giant achieved 20 percent energy savings across its building portfolio. Shorenstein Properties LLC, one of the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 19, 2017
Our very own Cindy Zhu, Fellow in the DOE Building Technologies Office, and Holly Carr, Energy Technology Program Specialist for DOE, contributed an informative and educational bylined article to the June 2017 issue of Scotsman Guide magazine, offering insight into the risks and rewards of energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 05, 2017
The commercial real estate industry presents numerous barriers for improving a building portfolio’s energy efficiency, and The Tower Companies overcame those obstacles in resounding fashion. Committing nine buildings with 2.5 million-square-feet to the Better Buildings Challenge, The Tower...
by Alison Berry, JDM Associates on Mar 31, 2017
How do you save energy when your building operates 24 hours? Better Buildings Challenge partner Columbia Association found the answer through lighting retrofits and cogeneration. Columbia Association retrofitted their most energy-intensive property, the Supreme Sports Club in Columbia, Maryland,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 07, 2015
Houston’s Pennzoil Place has been making an impression on the city’s skyline for decades, with its iconic skyscrapers’ trapezoidal silhouettes. Less known is that the two-tower building has been undergoing infrastructure upgrades in recent years. Thanks to Better Buildings Challenge partner and...