Tenant Efficiency

Depending on building type, the building’s occupants can control up to 80% of energy use in a commercial building. Therefore, engaging tenants in energy efficiency initiatives is crucial to unlocking the full energy savings potential of a building. This toolkit outlines successful strategies and resources for bridging the tenant-landlord divide through green leasing guidance, tenant improvement and build out best practices, and examples of successful communication with tenants regarding energy efficiency opportunities.

    This implementation model describes how The Tower Companies bolstered its standard lease agreement by including a green appendix with a 100% acceptance rate.
    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.
    This fact sheet for small office leases provides guidance on how your property teams, leasing agents, and brokers can communicate the value of considering energy efficiency during tenant improvements.
    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.
    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.
    Green Lease Library Online Library/Resource
    Serves as a one-stop shop to improve access to green leasing resources. It features case studies, sample lease language, best practices, and toolkits. It was produced through a collaboration of Better Buildings Alliance members with the U.S. General Services Administration, Building Owners and Managers Association International, Natural Resources Defense Council, Institute for Market Transformation, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.
    The Green Lease Leaders program set a common definition for a green lease through its recognition requirements. The program highlights tenants, landlords, brokers, and teams that are collaborating through the lease to increase energy efficiency. Currently the program recognizes organizations that own, manage, or lease more than 1 billion square feet of commercial floor space and shares best practices from awardees through case studies and resources.
    Whole Foods recently announced a plan to retrofit approximately 100 facilities (both stores and distribution centers) with rooftop solar.
    Prologis developed a multi-pronged approach that allows them to gain access to tenant utility data, including modification of lease language and coordination with utilities.
    Landlord-Owner Solar Helps Retailer Offset More than 65% of Energy Use.
    CommonWealth Partners created a strong and robust Tenant Engagement Program as part of larger corporate sustainability goals.
    The “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.
    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, 58.7 million kWh and 893,000 therms in just three years.
    Green Lease Check-up Worksheet for Tenants




Financing or paying for a project, Engaging employees, occupants, and customers, Building expertise within my organization

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