CA Building Code Requires Rooftop Solar for New Apartment Buildings

CA Building Code Requires Rooftop Solar for New Apartment Buildings

The California Energy Commission voted unanimously this week to update the state’s building code to require rooftop solar panels on all new apartment building and condo construction starting January 1, 2020.

Getting It Done: Connecticut Office Tower Energy Retrofit To Save $203,000 Annually

Getting It Done: Connecticut Office Tower Energy Retrofit To Save $203,000 Annually

Extensive retrofits to an 18-story concrete office building in New Haven, Connecticut, are expected to shave $203,000 annually from the owner’s electricity bill. Located on the New Haven Green at 195 Church Street, the 244,000-square-foot Class A office building originally constructed in 1975 had aging … Read more…

Energy Efficient Developments More Likely to Gain Community Support: Q&A with CBRE Group’s David Pogue

Energy Efficient Developments More Likely to Gain Community Support: Q&A with CBRE Group’s David Pogue

David Pogue, global director of corporate responsibility for CBRE, talks about how commercial real estate is at the nexus of many issues – energy, waste, water, emissions – and how his company incorporates those issues into its business practices.

Leading Commercial Real Estate Owners Reduce Energy Consumption

Leading Commercial Real Estate Owners Reduce Energy Consumption

A new report from the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance published this week shows that leading commercial real estate owners have demonstrated significant energy reductions since 2009. The report tracked and analyzed 8,684 properties owned or managed by Greenprint members located across … Read more…

Net Zero Energy 189-Acre Development Planned for Illinois

Net Zero Energy 189-Acre Development Planned for Illinois

Burr Ridge, Illinois-based real estate company Hawthorne is currently planning a net zero energy housing and commercial development for Lockport, Illinois, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. The project for Lockport, located about 30 miles southwest of Chicago, calls for 500 homes as well as a shopping … Read more…

Texas’ Largest PACE Project Will Reduce Electricity Use By More Than 6.6 Million Kilowatt Hours Per Year

Texas’ Largest PACE Project Will Reduce Electricity Use By More Than 6.6 Million Kilowatt Hours Per Year

    Texas’ largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) project will cut energy use by about 40% and annual water use by almost 700,000 gallons. The site of such savings is the abandoned Butler Brothers building in Dallas, an abandoned building erected in 1910 that … Read more…

There’s Lots Wrong with Tenant Submetering; Here Are 10 Fixes

There’s Lots Wrong with Tenant Submetering; Here Are 10 Fixes

While it can be a smart move for commercial real estate companies to bill their tenants each month based on the amount of electricity, water and/or gas they consume. But the current process of billing tenants for their actual consumption is inefficient, inaccurate, frustrating and costly. Here are 10 problems with tenant submetering as it stands today and how you can solve them.

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