This matrix compares the requirements of commercial building audit, tune-ups, and retrocommissioning (RCx) policies in U.S. cities and states.
Audit, Retrocommissioning, and Building Performance Standard Implementation Considerations for Policymakers This resource was developed as part of Putting Data to Work, a multi-year pilot project that analyzed ways to use building performance data generated by city policies to improve energy efficiency program design and delivery in the District of Columbia and New York City. Putting … Continued
This case study series shines a spotlight on 2019 Green Lease Leaders Sabey Data Centers, STAG Industrial, and Rexford Industrial. These leaders are injecting smart energy efficiency and sustainability strategies into their leasing practices and overall building operations.
Commercial buildings used nearly 20 percent of total energy in the United States—more than half of which is consumed by small and medium buildings under 100,000 square feet, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. For small businesses that rent space in commercial buildings, energy is a top cost, often ranking behind only labor and … Continued
High-performance commercial buildings (often described as "green") are becoming increasingly common in the marketplace. Recognizing this market growth, this guide aims to help lenders understand the valuation of high-performance buildings. As a companion piece to the 2013 primer Green Building and Property Value, this report examines the relationship between lenders and appraisers and how green features … Continued
A Look At The Portrait Building in Washington, D.C. How can energy upgrades enable forward-thinking building managers to provide considerable value to both owners and tenants? This case study examines recent energy improvements to The Portrait Building in downtown Washington, D.C. as a real-world example of the potential gains. Three efficiency measures, completed for a … Continued
Can slow, modest paybacks get people to commit to home energy upgrades?
What spurs homeowners to make energy upgrades to their homes? Relationships.
Signing up for an energy audit required a little behavior modification on my part.
Since last year, the state of Georgia has had a requirement for mandatory building-envelope and duct-tightness testing, by certified individuals, on all new residential construction. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this requirement has improved compliance rates. Why? Read the case study to find out more.