Commercial Buildings

Philadelphia, San Diego Make Smart District 2030 Moves

Carl Weinschenk

Cities increasingly are looking to reduce energy and water use and limit emissions. 2030 Energy Districts, which are voluntary standards upon which municipalities and building owners agree, are one structure under which these efforts are moving forward. News has been made in several cities in relation to this program in recent weeks. Yesterday, The San Diego Union   …Continue Reading


California Bill Would Require Solar Panels on New Buildings

Cheryl Kaften

California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-11) introduced legislation (SB-71) on January 9 that would require buildings erected in the Golden State to be equipped with solar arrays, according to a report by Pacific Standard magazine.


Report: Corporate Real Estate Managers Aim for Zero Net Energy

Cheryl Kaften

Even without soaring energy prices as a primary motivator, global corporations — and more specifically their real estate departments — are increasingly focused on achieving a state of zero net energy (ZNE) according to a report released on January 4 by Atlanta-based CoreNet Global,


Solar’s Next Step: Build It In, Don’t Bolt It On

Carl Weinschenk

The goal of integrating solar power into buildings instead of bolting the technology on afterwards has taken a step forward with the announcement that Tesla and Panasonic have expanded their existing relationship to include manufacture of Tesla’s solar roof products. The work will be done at Tesla’s Buffalo, NY, facility. Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity has   …Continue Reading


Want to Improve Building Efficiencies? Get Peer Reviewed and Employees Engaged

Ken Silverstein

A key step to improving building efficiencies is to have companies visit the sites of others and to learn from their experiences.


Newton, IA, Lauds Three for Efficiency Efforts

Carl Weinschenk

Three organizations in Newton, IA, have been honored for energy efficiency. The awards were bestowed by The Hometown Rewards program, which is sponsored by Alliant Energy. The honorees are McCall Monument, Newton Enterprises and Newton Water Pollution Control, according to the Newton Daily News. The program was established last year and, to date, has achieved   …Continue Reading


The City Energy Project Grows

Carl Weinschenk

A lot of information has been amassed about how communities can cut energy use. Two goals of the CEP are to make sure that data is effectively implemented and shared.


Energy Efficiency and Leased Spaces

Carl Weinschenk

The goals of landlords and tenants often don’t perfectly align. However, the increasing benefits of upgrading energy efficiency in these spaces is leading them to confront, rather than hide from, the issues.


BoA: Carbon Neutral by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

The Bank of America said that it plans to be carbon neutral by 2020. The company said that it will reduce location-based greenhouse gas emissions by half, energy use by 40 percent and water use by 45 percent in its worldwide operations. The company, in a move similar to one announced last week by General   …Continue Reading


New York City Study Conclusion: Benchmarking Works

Carl Weinschenk

Researchers found that simply informing owners of how their buildings are performing results in improvements in energy efficiency and greater use of renewables.