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The ROI of Energy Efficiency

It’s not just a few dollars here and there—making energy-efficient upgrades to your building can result in significant operational savings. Greater efficiency means less energy used and lower operational costs long term. Whether you own or operate a commercial property, healthcare facility, residential complex, or an educational facility, increased energy efficiency is good for your […]

How an Energy Audit Can Help You Retain Tenants

If you’re in commercial real estate, securing new tenants is only half your battle. Perhaps most important is retaining them. A variety of factors contribute to a tenant’s likelihood to renew their lease. Energy efficiency can help. In fact, according to the Institute for Market Transformation, high-performance buildings have higher occupancy rates (and higher asset […]

3 Types of Tenant Complaints You Can Prevent with an Energy Audit

Both tenants and building managers benefit from efficient systems If you manage a residential or commercial building, maintenance requests and tenant complaints can be a huge headache. By understanding your building’s current energy usage and identifying areas of improvement, you can help eliminate some of the common complaints and requests, saving you time and improving tenant […]

How Does Energy Efficiency Impact Your Brand?

Building owners can see a ripple effect from good energy practices Making your buildings more energy efficient is a win-win. Not only does it conserve resources and save money on operational costs, but earning that LEED certification or Energy Star rating can actually be good for business. Your brand is more than your logo or […]

How to Convince Your Boss You Need an Energy Audit

You may be convinced that you need an energy audit in the building(s) you manage. But if you need approval from your owner, CFO, or someone else to sign on the dotted line, you may have to make your case. Share with your boss these five reasons you need an energy audit: 1. Energy Audits Save […]

How Commercial Lease Structures Impact the ROI of Energy Efficiency

While making improvements to a commercial property’s energy efficiency is never a bad thing, property ownership and lease structure can make a big difference in how your return on investment (ROI) is realized. Oftentimes, all parties see some benefit to efficient upgrades, but it may not be in the form of direct monetary savings or […]

What is an Energy Audit?

An energy audit helps you identify opportunities to reduce energy usage in your building(s) and save money. Whether you own or operate a retail space, office building, healthcare facility, or school, an energy audit is often the first step to greater energy efficiency and lower operating costs. Our energy audit is a three-step process:   […]

Do You Need an Energy Incentive Administrator?

When it comes to energy incentive/rebate programs, you may know your stuff. You understand the difference between a prescriptive and a custom energy incentive. You’re familiar with the programs offered by your utility company, and you’ve even filled out a few of the applications yourself. Maybe you work for a university, hospital, school district, or […]

Efficient Architecture: How Building Design Impacts Energy Consumption

When you think about a building’s energy efficiency, you likely think about its mechanical systems, such as HVAC and lighting. Improving building system design and using new technologies are critical in reducing a facility’s energy consumption. However, the building’s architectural design also plays a role in its efficiency. In fact, it sets the very foundation […]

Net Zero Buildings Explained

“Net zero”—also called “zero energy”—is a term that gets tossed around frequently when talking about sustainable design, but many building Owners don’t know what it really means or what a net zero project entails. Let’s talk about the basics: What is a net zero building? The concept of a net zero building is simple: the […]