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Sustainability Increases Value in Commercial Real Estate

By Sarah Baker on Mar 19, 2019 6:03:00 AM

 

Although we hear the word sustainability a lot these days, for many business owners, sustainability is still just a buzzword. As a building owner or manager, maybe you'd like to make improvements toward sustainability, but green building features are still on the "nice to have" list, maybe shuffled behind mechanical and cosmetic upgrades.

But investors don't see it that way anymore – and the numbers show it. 

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Energy Management: Simple Steps for Smart Savings

By Sarah Baker on Dec 13, 2018 2:39:41 PM

According to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), commercial buildings consume 70% of US electricity. The US Department of Energy has also found that commercial buildings waste 30% of the energy they consume. This presents a huge opportunity for Facility Managers to take advantage of smart building efficiency measures to save energy. Seeing as lighting and HVAC accounts for roughly 40-60% of a commercial building's utility costs, it makes sense as a starting point for energy savings.

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ASHRAE MN Energy Expo 2018: Recap

By John Nye on Sep 28, 2018 12:47:54 PM

Our friends at the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) outdid themselves this year at the 2018 Minnesota Energy Expo, hosted at the Radisson Blu in Bloomington, Minnesota. Programming spanned three rooms with 13 presentations, including the keynote speaker, ASHRAE National President, Sheila Hayter, plus energy project deployment stories, projections about the future of energy and building automation.





So find a cozy seat and enjoy some of our key takeaways from the 2018 ASHRAE Minnesota Energy Expo!


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How Green Workspaces Create Happier Employees

By Sarah Baker on Sep 20, 2018 1:37:08 PM

We all know it, green workspaces are in. Market demand for green buildings continues to double every three years, and the demand is only going up. In 2019, the green building market is expecting to climb from $43 billion to $69 billion in the US alone.

So why is that?

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What does Machine Learning and Energy Efficiency have in Common?

By Kelly Huang on Apr 16, 2018 9:10:53 AM

 

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For Energy Efficiency, Better to Retrofit than Build New

By Michael Moriarity on Dec 5, 2017 8:52:00 AM

Competition in commercial real estate is high and projected to remain high. New-builds and renovations are attractive to tenants seeking more open floorplans, more daylight, more amenities and better energy efficiency. In fact, when tenants want to lower their energy costs, gain insight into their own energy consumption and improve indoor air quality in their space, they usually look to new-builds and renovated spaces soon after discovering that they have little control over such things in their current space.

However, retrofitting existing buildings with energy efficiency and other green upgrades is often the better choice, and it can help property managers attract tenants and fill a vacancy quicker.

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