Green Building | Building Engines
Building Engines Blog | Green Building
Companies are looking to reduce their energy usage as a way to save money and help the environment, which is creating increased demand for sustainable commercial buildings.
As Building Engines CEO David Osborn points out in Going Green: Is It the Elephant in the Room? there is a tremendous economic, as well as environmental, value in going green. And it doesn’t always involve retrofits, energy consultants and LEED standards. “Preventive and Predictive maintenance is a key component of a sound and sustainable investment strategy,” says Raheem Cash of SustainableBusinessForum.com.
I’ve been told, “If you’re looking for answers, they’re not going to just fall into your lap!” Well, if you post the right question, they just may fall into your LinkedIn lap. Following a Building Engines webinar on LEED EBOM certification, I wanted to open up the discussion to other property and energy management and professionals.
LinkedIn, specifically the BOMA International Group, proved to be a worthy forum for my question: What are some tips around the greening of existing building? Here are some of the discussion’s responses
You’re ready to lower operating costs and increase the value of your building. You feel the need, the need for LEED. Now, how do you get buy-in from your team? Here are the steps to build support for LEED Existing Buildings within your organization:
We all had to “fall back” this past weekend (unless you’re one of the lucky ones in Hawaii), but we don’t need to fall back on our old lighting habits. With the end of Daylight Savings Time, comes the end of low electricity bills. Short days mean a long ways to go for your facility’s lighting. When roughly a third of your utility billing goes towards lighting. How can you conserve energy?
LEED existing building certification is a helpful measure to take for many reasons. It makes you look favorable compared to other buildings lacking certification, it can lower operating costs and increase the value of your building, and more. Join us as David Pratt, CEO of LoraxPro, shares how to effectively implement LEED into your building and nurture it to reap extensive benefits!
At the close of World Green Building Week, we’re not quite ready to move on from the importance of greener, more sustainable buildings. Read about Going Green in this whitepaper, where David Osborn, President & CEO of Building Engines takes a look at what we can do as owners and operators of real estate to improve our environment and improve ROI fro our properties.
The Green Movement in Real Estate is growing darker. All new certification schemes, like all new growth, have that light green tinge when they begin that denotes suppleness. While it makes them amendable to change, it provides little armor when the going gets tough. As a result, many rating systems mature to a darker shade. […]
I wish I could take credit for that phrase, but I can’t. It belongs to Building Engines’ client, Hank Ashforth, Chairman of Ashforth Pacific, now called Ashforth. Hank made that statement last week while delivering a presentation to our guests at an Executive Briefing Dinner we sponsored in Washington, DC. His topic, and subsequent discussion, […]
The U.S Commercial Office market is suffering unprecedented vacancy rates which are expected to hit 18.6% in 2010 – close to the historic high of 19.3% set in 1990. We are facing a “jobless recovery” as employers focus on workforce efficiencies and try to do more with less…or fewer. Arthur Jones, Senior Economist, CBRE Econometric Advisors […]
I am particularly interested in the new climate bill that is before the US Senate. It’s called the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act” – which is a mouthful, even from a bunch of American politicians. Before I’d finished reading the title of the Act, I knew someone had flipped the dial to the […]