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Retrofitting Old Buildings Reduces Costs (Like 80% in a Month), Attracts Tenants, Achieves Longer Leases

Retrofitting Old Buildings Reduces Costs (Like 80% in a Month), Attracts Tenants, Achieves Longer Leases

Constructing buildings with more efficient systems in place can lead to higher rents and longer leases, but it can also lead to significant savings. A California condominium association, for example, has seen an 80% reduction in energy costs just one month after installing LED lighting. A recent report, The Future of Corporate Real Estate, outlined … Read more »

Why Build Green? Lowered Operational Costs, Increased Staff Productivity and Higher Asset Values

Why Build Green? Lowered Operational Costs, Increased Staff Productivity and Higher Asset Values

As corporations increasingly looking at how the built environment impacts human health and the environment, a new document outlines how building projects can achieve both the WELL Building Standard and BREEAM.

Top 10 Smart Building Myths Exposed

Although smart buildings have been proven to save energy, streamline facilities management and prevent expensive equipment failures, many property owners and investors do not see the value in smart buildings, so Jones Lang LaSalle created a graphic that discredits the top 10 smart building myths. A summary of the graphic … Read more »

Green Buildings Market Grows to $260 Billion

Green Buildings Market Grows to $260 Billion

Construction of green buildings rose to 325 million square meters of new floor space in 2013, representing a $260 billion market, according to a report by Lux Research. In addition, green buildings are delivering predictable internal rates of return of 5 percent or more. Lux analysts studied utility savings, rental rates, resale … Read more »

LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

Between 2012 and 2013, green building investment jumped by $1 billion in the retail sector, and the percentage of retail owners involved in green building more than doubled, from 18 percent in 2011 to 38 percent in 2013, according to the Leed in Motion: Retail report by the US Green … Read more »

System Control Offers Increased HVAC Efficiency For Smaller Buildings

New technology has made heating, venting and air conditioning building automation systems available and affordable for small- and mid-sized buildings, which can result in considerable savings over the life of a building, according to HPAC Engineering. In light-commercial buildings, packaged rooftops or heat pumps are controlled almost exclusively with thermostats. … Read more »

Growing Organic Skyscraper Could Be Part of London Skyline

A skyscraper made from recycled paper, plastic and modelled on bamboo so that it “grows” as additional floors are needed is being proposed by a French architecture firm for London, according to the Daily Mail. The work of Chartier-Corbasson architects, the building, already dubbed “The Organic Skyscraper” is being proposed … Read more »

ACEEE to EPA: Add Building Codes to Clean Power Plan

Building codes should be a part of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and omitting them means missing an opportunity for substantial energy savings, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Clean Power Plan, proposed on June 2, is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fired electric-generating … Read more »