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Engaging Tenants in Energy Efficiency

Green Lease Check-up Worksheet for Tenants Green Leases

Green Lease Check-up Worksheet for Tenants

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10 Green Leasing Tips for Building Owners Guidance

Building owners can use these best practices, developed in conjunction with an industry advisory group, to implement green leasing language throughout their portfolio. They offer guidance on establishing goals, tracking progress, and engaging with brokers and tenants.

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Tips to Improve Energy Efficiency through Large Office Build-Outs Fact Sheet

The tenant improvement period offers a great opportunity to build energy efficiency into a tenant space. This fact sheet for large office leases provides guidance on how your property teams, leasing agents, and brokers can communicate the value of considering energy efficiency during tenant improvements.

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Tips to Improve Energy Efficiency through Small Office Build-Outs Fact Sheet

This fact sheet for small office leases provides guidance on how property teams, leasing agents, and brokers can communicate the value of considering energy efficiency during tenant improvements to reduce occupancy costs and ensure a healthy environment for employees.

Energy Efficiency in Separate Tenant Spaces – A Feasibility Study Report

While commercial building owners generally have control over building systems and operations, tenants play a critical role in achieving lasting reductions in energy intensity. In recognition of this collaborative role, the Department of Energy has studied the feasibility of improving energy efficiency in tenant spaces. This study finds significant potential to improve energy efficiency during the design and construction of tenant spaces and describes several possible steps to encourage owners and tenants to improve the efficiency of those spaces.

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Green Lease Library Online Library/Resource

Hosted by the Institue for Market Transformation, this resource library features case studies, sample lease language, best practices, and toolkits to help organizations that are interested in pursuing green leasing.

Adding Efficiency to Commercial Bank Renovations: Integrated Systems Package Case Study

This case study describes the implementation of the Tenant Fit-Out Integrated Systems Package (ISP) at a retail bank branch, including project details, key takeaways, and data comparisons before and after the renovations.

Prologis's Solution for Accessing Tenant Utility Data in Triple-Net Leased Buildings Implementation Model

In order to benchmark energy data and identify efficiency opportunities, Prologis developed a multi-pronged approach to gain access to tenant utility data through the modification of lease language and coordination with utilities.

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The Tower Companies Leverages Green Leases to Reduce Energy and Water Use Implementation Model

The 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.

Shorenstein Properties: Flip the Switch Tenant Engagement Program Implementation Model

Shorenstein's “Flip the Switch” Program was initiated in 2011 to broaden tenant awareness of sustainability and energy savings opportunities in their leased spaces by providing actionable strategies for reducing consumption resulting in an average of 27% reduction in plug load energy use.

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CommonWealth Partners: Impacting Energy Use Though Tenant Engagement Implementation Model

CommonWealth Partners developed a Tenant Engagement Program that increased tenant awareness for energy efficiency and sustainability, which helped them achieve an average ENERGY STAR score of 90 out of 10 portfolio-wide as a result.

Regency Centers: Landlord-Retailer PPA Enables Roof-top Solar Implementation Model

At its Regency Saugus Center in Massachusetts, national retail center owner Regency Centers partnered with tenant Trader Joe's to install a 253 KW rooftop solar system. Regency Centers owns the solar array and sells the generated solar energy power to Trader Joe's at a discount, offsetting approximately 65% of their total electricity use with clean power.

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UC Berkeley: Energy Savings Through Campus and Occupant Engagement Implementation Model

UC Berkeley's Energy Management Initiative (EMI) targets building occupants through building surveys and energy dashboards, and allocates energy cost responsibility to individual campus operating units to achieve savings of $6.5 million in just three years.

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Whole Foods Market: Making the Case for Rapid Solar Roll-Out Implementation Model

Whole Foods Market sought to rapidly expand rooftop solar on stores and distribution centers as part of its long standing commitment to sustainability. Drawing on lessons learned from ad hoc solar installations to align landlord and tenant interests, the company developed a portfolio approach to install rooftop solar on 25% of its stores and warehouses.