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IECC Additions, Alterations, Renovations, and Repairs Brochures

IMT provides several free brochures explaining how the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) applies to additions, alterations, renovations, and repairs to buildings. Both commercial and residential buildings are covered, as are special focus areas: Commercial Lighting, Residential HVAC, Residential Insulation & Air Leakage, and Commercial Roofing. We encourage builders and building officials to download and … Continued

Energy Transparency in the Multifamily Housing Sector: Executive Summary

Mirroring recent trends in other real estate sectors, the multifamily housing sector is subject to an increasing number of rules and regulations related to energy-performance benchmarking and disclosure. The goal of these new rules is to enable transparent building energy-performance information to drive energy efficiency improvements in multifamily housing that lower energy bills for residents; … Continued

Energy Transparency in the Multifamily Housing Sector

Mirroring recent trends in other real estate sectors, the multifamily housing sector is subject to an increasing number of rules and regulations related to energy-performance benchmarking and disclosure. The goal of these new rules is to enable transparent building energy-performance information to drive energy efficiency improvements in multifamily housing that lower energy bills for residents; … Continued

Benchmarking Case Study: Mercer Court

Bellwether Housing owns and manages 29 apartment buildings that provide affordable housing for more than 3,000 Seattle residents, many of whom are low-income families and seniors. Bellwether aims to keep housing costs as low as possible for its residents, which means keeping energy bills in check. Through Portfolio Manager benchmarking, Bellwether found that annual utility … Continued

Benchmarking Case Study: Dexter Horton Building

When CB Richard Ellis and LaSalle Investment Management began working together in 2006 as the asset service and management providers for Seattle's historic Dexter Horton building, there was a mutual understanding that they would invest in the upgrades needed to make the building as efficient as possible. By using the EPA’s free benchmarking tool, ENERGY … Continued

Benchmarking Case Study: Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza

Hines first began measuring and rating, or benchmarking, the energy performance of Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza using the EPA’s free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool in 2000. It was an eye-opening experience. For the first time, Hines was able to compare the building’s energy performance to similar buildings in the Seattle area as … Continued

Benchmarking Help Center Guide

Requirements for building owners to benchmark energy performance and disclose that information to the market have been passed in a number of U.S. cities and states in recent years. To help increase awareness of and compliance with these new laws, cities are conducting broad outreach, education, and training activities aimed at supporting building owners, managers, … Continued

Green Lease Case Study: Brandywine Realty Trust

Brandywine Realty Trust is one of the largest full-service integrated real estate companies in the nation, with properties across seven states and the District of Columbia. The company strives to be a leader in sustainability and energy efficiency, achieving an ENERGY STAR label at 83 buildings (15.1 million square feet) in 2012. Brandywine utilizes two … Continued

Green Lease Case Study: Pyramid Companies

Pyramid Companies, based in upstate New York, is the largest privately owned developer of shopping centers in the Northeast. The company owns and operates more than 17 million square feet of retail, entertainment, and restaurant property across New York and Massachusetts. Pyramid recently expanded its Carousel Center retail complex to include Destiny USA, a 1.3-million-square-foot … Continued

How Energy Codes Make Homes More Efficient

Building energy codes set minimum legal standards for the energy efficiency of new homes. That’s good for the environment because it lowers carbon emissions, and also good for Americans’ bank accounts. Houses built to stronger codes are up to 44 percent more efficient and can save a family hundreds of dollars a year on energy … Continued