How To Realize Actual Savings From Green Renovation Projects

Here’s how to realize actual savings from green renovation projects. You’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on a renovation with the goal of raising a building’s Energy Star score from 60 to 75 because your CFO wants an Energy Starcertification. Will it work? How will you know? Was the initial goal a real-world possibility based on experience, or just wishful thinking? …

LEED-EBOM Commissioning Credits Focus On Maintaining Efficient Operations

LEED for New Construction currently provides elements that help link design and construction to operations, but because many are voluntary, they are typically underused. The most apparent opportunity exists within two areas of the Energy and Atmosphere category. The enhanced commissioning credit in the New Construction rating system specifically helps to bridge the gap from the end of design and …

Better Data Can Make LEED-EBOM An Easier Sell To Tenants, Owners

There are countless ways to tell a tenant or an owner that a LEED project is a good idea and should be high on their priority list, but it’s more effective to show them. Such projects are gradually becoming an easier sell; not only are the benefits becoming more well-known outside the facility management industry, but there’s also better data …

Keep Financial Considerations In Mind When Pursuing LEED-EBOM In Multi-Tenant Facilities

When launching any sort of upgrade or retrofit project, financial concerns are always top of mind, and that’s no less true for LEED certification, which can be time-consuming and expensive. While there are clear potential benefits to the certification, both financial — higher occupancy rates, higher rents, lower operating costs — and non-financial — less environmental impact, meeting overall sustainability …

LEED-EBOM Purchasing Credits Are Recurring Challenge In Multi-Tenant Facilities

While every facility is different, every tenant is different and every LEED-EBOM project is different, there’s one particular challenge in multi-tenant facilities that is a recurring theme: The purchasing credits, which award points based on sustainable practices in purchasing ongoing consumables (e.g., paper, office supplies), electric-powered equipment, furniture, and materials used in facility alterations and additions, as well as the …