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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 26, 2021
Over the past year, the multifamily building sector has played a critical role in addressing the health challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. As most sectors saw a decrease in building operations, the multifamily sector faced the opposite: residents spending more time at home. Building...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 06, 2021
With the onset of to the COVID-19 pandemic, the retail sector experienced significant drops in sales across the industry, seeing as much as a 25% reduction in sales from February to April of 2020 with clothing/accessory stores and department stores feeling the largest impact. In-person sales...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 09, 2021
It’s been a tough year to be in the hospitality industry. Hotels were among the first businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are still travelers out there who need a safe place to stay – whether they’re an essential worker, travelling for work, or in need of a socially-distanced...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 05, 2020
As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Pace University has committed to 20% energy reduction campus-wide by 2023. When COVID-19 hit New York City in March and April, the university acted swiftly by closing the campus and sending nearly all students, faculty, and staff to attend classes and work...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 23, 2020
While many Better Buildings partners continue to face complex challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, commercial real estate partner Highwoods Properties is using this time to continue pursuing energy efficiency improvements. In particular, the company is utilizing submeter technology to analyze...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 01, 2020
The current pandemic is challenging the US healthcare system in unprecedented ways. Facilities have been reimagined, renovated, strained, and underutilized simultaneously – ICUs and other critical care areas have seen an increase in occupancy while offices in medical office buildings sit empty....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 25, 2020
2020 has been the year of “the pivot” – of looking critically at every part of operations and thinking creatively about new approaches to doing business. Changes that businesses would never have dreamed of a few months ago have become commonplace. News of British shirt factories now producing...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 20, 2020
With vacant office spaces as many tenants are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the commercial real estate sector is presented with unique challenges and an opportunity to conduct preventative maintenance and other energy efficiency projects normally too disruptive to complete during...