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Sustainability from Building To Community: On Regenerative Design
11/03/17 – facilitiesnet.com
Imagine if your building or project inspired better sustainability throughout its community. And as a result, the community looks to and supports your building as a catalyst for sustainable growth. Imagine if your building contributes to the health and well-being of not just its own inhabitants but the inhabitants of the surrounding neighborhood and community and perhaps the whole city and ecosystem in which it is situated. What if all buildings contributed to the sustainability, health, well-being, and prosperity of their communities, and that building and community continued to evolve together? This is a concept called regenerative development, which to some may seem far-fetched. But it’s happening every day.

The idea of sustainable buildings has become so commonplace that energy and resource efficiency have become expected attributes. But what do we mean by sustainable buildings? Taking a traditional point of view, we could say that sustainable buildings make it possible for future generations to enjoy the same quality of life that we currently have. In other words, sustainable buildings don’t use up resources and may even generate more (energy, fresh water) than they need. But are we accomplishing that with “sustainable,” LEED, and other green certified projects today? That question hardly needs answering because we can all see for ourselves; there is still much work to be done when we become present to the effects of climate change, pollution, and overconsumption of natural resources and the fact that we continue to de-generate our ecosystems rather than regenerating them. Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.

 
10 Steps To Advanced Water Efficiency
10/01/17 – facilitiesnet.com
Many facility managers have tapped low flow toilets and urinals and aerated faucets and showers to conserve water in their buildings. Compared to standard fixtures, installing WaterSense-labeled toilets/urinals and faucets can save 20 percent of restroom/domestic water, according to Environmental Protection Agency data. But facility managers who have taken steps like these may not have noticed a drop in their water utility bills. The reason? Utility water rates across the country are rising faster than inflation. The problem is that water utilities have aging infrastructure that needs upgrading and raising the price is one way to fund these necessary improvements.

In Chicago, for instance, the cost per unit of water rose 25 percent in 2012 and 15 percent in years 2013 through 2015, before leveling off under a new rate structure tied to the Consumer Price Index, plus a maximum of 5 percent. In New York City, water cost $1.65 per unit (748 gallons) in 2006; in 2016 that rate was $3.81. Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.

 
3 Steps To Net Zero Energy Operations
10/1/2017 – Facilities Net.com
Operating a net zero energy building essentially means that the building produces as much energy as it uses on an annual basis. The obvious challenge with net zero energy is that you have to produce enough energy to achieve net zero, and solar panels, fuel cells, wind turbines, etc., require significant capital to procure.

The rotten truth about a net zero energy goal is that you can buy your way to it. Simply find a big bag of money and use it to buy solar panels to cover every square inch of your building. By adding a massive amount of power, even the most inefficient buildings can achieve net zero. Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.


Lighting Focused on Occupant Health and Well-Being
09/01/17 – facilitiesnet.com
Lighting for the built environment typically has been designed, specified, and manufactured to meet a relatively limited number of very specific objectives. Historically, the primary requirement of lighting has been that it should illuminate spaces to optimize visual performance (addressing concerns such as efficiency, productivity, and safety), provide visual comfort to occupants, and enhance the space’s appearance for aesthetic appreciation. Over time, increasing energy demand and costs led to the adoption of energy conservation as an additional requirement.

A newly burgeoning lighting industry initiative is human-centric lighting, also referred to as circadian-effective lighting. Based upon relatively recent developments in biophysical and lighting research, this approach focuses on how light’s non-visual characteristics can affect human health and well-being. By taking these characteristics and effects into account and recognizing their value, human-centric lighting promises to improve alertness, cognitive performance, sleep, and health while also benefitting a person’s mood, energy levels, relaxation, and even impulse control. Evidence shows that at least some of these goals can be achieved by lighting that works in harmony with our circadian rhythms, which are primarily synchronized to the environment by patterns of light and dark reaching the back of our eyes. Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.

4 Ways To Go Green In Existing Buildings
08/01/17 - Karen Kroll  
The average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes, says Energy Star. While many new buildings are constructed with energy-saving features, they are a tiny fraction of the overall population of buildings. “If you’re going to have an impact (on energy consumption), you have to work with existing buildings,” says Bob Best, head of energy and sustainability services with JLL.

To be sure, a growing number of facility managers are doing just that. CBRE and Maastricht University publish an annual review of the growth in green building certifications in the 30 largest U.S. markets, says David Pogue, global director of corporate responsibility. In 2005, approximately 5 percent of this square footage carried these designations, while in 2016, nearly 40 percent of the space did, Pogue says. And this doesn’t include facilities that pursue energy efficiency initiatives, yet don’t become certified.  Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.

WELL Building Standard Provides Blueprint for Healthy Building, Occupants
6/01/17 – facilitiesnet
Building owners and facility managers are harnessing and implementing technology to create high-performance buildings, HVAC, lighting, interiors, and exteriors. But just as important as the building are the people in the workspaces. The physical workplace is one of the top three factors affecting performance and job satisfaction. In terms of an organization’s bottom line, personnel costs significantly outweigh the costs for design, construction, maintenance, and operations. Improving the workplace environment can reduce the largest line item in the 30-year costs of a building — personnel costs — offering a meaningful return on investment.

A healthy building can benefit both productivity and ROI. Ilona Bray, author of Healthy Employees, Healthy Business, recently found that a healthy building at Johnson & Johnson resulted in both a 15 percent increase in employee retention and a savings of $250 million in health care costs over a decade. Bray also noted that healthy workers are 3.1 times more productive than others. In an article in Harvard Business Review, Leonard Berry, Ann Mirabito, and William Baun found that a return of $6 can be expected for every $1 spent on a wellness program and that spending less than $40 per person per year on doubling ventilation rates could lead to an estimated productivity gain of $6,500 per person per year. Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.

 

How Sustainability Helps in Enhancing Property Values
04/25/17 – National Real Estate Investor
There was a time when we spoke of green buildings, and it was a conversation focused in large part on the building envelope. Over the years, that conversation has advanced; in a sense it has been turned inside out. Today we speak of high-performance buildings measured by their degree of sustainability and their ability to maintain and enhance the comfort, health and productivity of those occupying the space.

In this ever-advancing field, the ongoing education of property and asset managers is key. As IREM stated in last year’s “Building Performance That Pays,” a report on the Institute’s first Energy Efficiency Survey, “The on-the-ground activities that contribute to building energy efficiency put property managers in an ideal position to impact operational efficiency, in conjunction with their teams and in cooperation with tenants.”  Full article available online at www.nreionline.com.

2 Key Reasons Why Green Offices Continue to Grow
02/24/17 – the Broker List
Green building has seen explosive growth in the past decade as more developers and corporations jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon.

There are now nearly 54,000 LEED certified or registered projects in the U.S. spanning some 7.8 billion square feet. The trend will likely continue as commercial owners plan to invest an estimated $960 billion globally between 2013 and 2023 on greening their existing built infrastructure, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The environmental benefits of green building are clear in terms of creating energy efficiency, improving air and water quality, and conserving natural resources. But, if environmental factors weren’t enough incentive, there is more research proving that green office space can also have a significant impact on quality of life and employee productivity. Full article available online at www.thebrokerlist.com.

 
5 Amenities That Attract Millennial Companies
02/14/07 – aquicore.com
The kids really are the future.

In 2020, half of the global workforce will be made up by people born between 1980 and 2000, according to CBRE research. By the next year, millennials will overtake their older peers. Full article available online at www.aquicore.com.


2 Key Reasons Why Green Offices Continue to Grow
01/25/17 – The Broker List
Green building has seen explosive growth in the past decade as more developers and corporations jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon.

There are now nearly 54,000 LEED certified or registered projects in the U.S. spanning some 7.8 billion square feet. The trend will likely continue as commercial owners plan to invest an estimated $960 billion globally between 2013 and 2023 on greening their existing built infrastructure, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The environmental benefits of green building are clear in terms of creating energy efficiency, improving air and water quality, and conserving natural resources. But, if environmental factors weren’t enough incentive, there is more research proving that green office space can also have a significant impact on quality of life and employee productivity. Full article available online at www.thebrokerlist.com.


REI’s Goodyear distribution center gets LEED Platinum certification
12/22/16 –AZ Big Media
REI’s distribution center in Goodyear became the first distribution center to receive both the LEED Platinum certification and the Net Zero Energy rating after it received the LEED certification on Wednesday.

The 400,000-square-foot distribution center is the first center in 2016 to earn the Platinum Certification, and is the second largest Platinum-certified distribution or warehouse facility in the U.S. Full article available online at www.azbigmedia.com.

Most states are combating climate change and growing their economies
12/08/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Countries around the globe have committed to decoupling economic growth and carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to curb the effects of global warming. States, too, have worked to cut emissions while growing their economies, but the degree to which they’ve succeeded in doing so varies greatly.

A new Brookings Institution report compares state’s recent economic growth to changes in carbon emissions. In all, 33 states and the District of Columbia achieved reductions in emissions while expanding their economies between 2000 and 2014. The others saw their emissions continue to rise. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

LEED pricing update effective December 1
11/04/16 – USGBC
In December, GBCI will launch a new pricing schedule for LEED registration and certification across all active versions. The new pricing includes full access to the brand new arc platform, which was announced at this year’s Greenbuild Conference and Expo.

Arc is a green building performance platform that is fully integrated with LEED online and will allow any building, whether LEED certified or not, to immediately start measuring performance, making improvements and benchmarking against itself.  Full article available online at www.usgbc.com.

Casa Grande may partner with new greenhouse-energy plant; regulatory process ahead, says Court Rich, director of Rose Law Group Renewable Energy Department
11/11/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
City officials are considering an agreement with a new greenhouse facility that could potentially help reduce the city’s energy costs.

nFLux, based in Phoenix, has been meeting with city officials over the past year on a project it wants to develop in Casa Grande. The company has proposed constructing an energy-production facility that would generate electricity by using natural gas. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Net-zero energy apartments eyed for Roosevelt Row
10/04/16 – Phoenix Business Journal
Net-zero energy means the property will produce as much energy as it consumes via solar panels and energy efficiency and conservation. That will include water conservation, Rampy said.

Rampy and other Roosevelt Row advocates like Stacey Champion who owns Champion PR + Consulting say downtown developer Tim Sprague is part of the redevelopment plans. Full article available online at www.bizjournals.com.

Caliber announces 1st Net Zero Energy townhome complex in Tempe
09/08/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Caliber – The Wealth Development Company officially broke ground on a 32-unit Net Zero Energy townhome community in Tempe, Arizona.

The new community, The Roosevelt, is the City of Tempe’s first, green solar townhome development designed to achieve Net Zero Energy by leveraging the latest in building materials and sustainable technology. This creates a home that enhances the homeowner’s lifestyle and reduces environmental footprint with little to no utility-supplied energy. Expected completion date for Phase I (14 units) is Spring 2017. Phase II (18 units) expected completion date is Winter 2017. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.
 

Check Out Arizona's First Net Zero Energy Housing
09/01/16 – BISNOW
The first Net Zero Energy housing in Arizona, MZ Townhomes, opened earlier this year, setting the standard for eco-friendly luxury living. MODUS Development’s Ed Gorman was able to bring this revolutionary project to Old Town Scottsdale by combining his knowledge of technology and design with his background in real estate development. Ed will be one of the speakers at our Phoenix State of the Market event Sept. 29.

MZ Townhomes is comprised of eight units, for sale starting at $449k, that offer a variety of innovative features, including rooftop-mounted solar panels, cool roof technology, solar orientation, a hybrid water heater that cuts down on water usage by over 60%, and a 14 SEER heat pump for heating and cooling. Another sustainable component is the energy recovery ventilator, which cycles fresh air inside while pushing contaminated air outside, reducing the load on the air conditioner. Each townhome utilizes PEX plumbing and Icynene spray foam, which seals any air leaks and further soundproofs walls.  Full article availabe online at www.bisnow.com.

Scottsdale Water earns international accolades for exceptional performance
08/16/16 – City of Scottsdale Website
A global partnership of water sector organizations—the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation and the WateReuse Association – with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — has named Scottsdale Water as a recipient of the inaugural Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition Program. The program celebrates water and wastewater utilities that demonstrate exceptional performance and a commitment to advancing effective and sustainable practices that will help utilities across the sector.

Scottsdale Water earned the recognition by demonstrating its commitment to the UOTF concept of more efficient operations and a progression toward full resource recovery with enhanced productivity, sustainability and resiliency. Specifically, Scottsdale was recognized for fostering an “Organizational Culture of the Future” and for exceptional achievement in the areas of water reuse, energy efficiency and community partnering and engagement. Full article available online at www.scotssdaleaz.gov.

Smart and sustainable homes really worth more
07/20/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Homebuyers are willing to pay more for homes with solar panels.

Millennials see home automation features as a selling point.

Smart and sustainable home technology can add value and help sell a home faster. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Officials back bill to encourage renewable energy on public lands
07/14/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
State and federal officials praised a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would encourage renewable energy development on public lands by streamlining the permitting process and letting local governments share in revenues from the projects.

The bill would “level the playing field” between renewable and fossil fuel projects on federal lands by creating a streamlined leasing process for wind and solar energy projects like the one in place for oil, gas and geothermal energy. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

 

Parksmart: The path to sustainable mobility for all
06/23/16 – USGBC
At USGBC, one important goal of our vision is promoting sustainable mobility around the world. We believe that parking and sustainability are not mutually exclusive concepts. We say that every story about a green building is a story about people, and every story about parking is a story about the connection between people and the planet. In the United States, there are between 105 million and 2 billion parking spaces for roughly 300 million vehicles, and these automobiles are parked for roughly 95 percent of their lifetimes, yet we rarely think about how parking spaces affect the environment.

How we operate our parking can significantly reduce our environmental impact, especially regarding carbon emissions, pollution and fuel consumption. Through collaborative, integrated and innovative green parking practices we can promote sustainable mobility for all. This will enable our parking structures to achieve increased energy efficiency, reduced environmental impact, improved parking space management, integrated sustainable mobility services and technologies, enhanced performance and stronger community relationships. Full article available online at www.usgbc.com.

Does Arizona have enough water for the drought?
06/16/16 - AZBIGMEDIA
Although Arizona may not collectively be singing in the rain, some comfort can be had in knowing that water has been conserved with calculated intention.

In fact, in Arizona State University’s 2011 “Watering the Sun Corridor” report, you’ll find a closing quote stating, “Water, among all things, has been what Arizona does really well.” Full article available online at www.azbigmedia.com.

Apple making plans to sell off extra solar energy from Arizona plant, others
06/13/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Apple has made plans to sell off extra solar energy produced at facilities in Arizona and other states, according to reports.

The company, which has a data center in Mesa, has applied with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as an energy subsidiary called Apple Energy LLC. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

How To Make A Better Case For Energy Upgrades With Utility Rebates
06/03/16 – Facilitiesnet
Everyone wants to cut their energy bills, but for facility managers it often takes money to save money. Facility managers who propose energy upgrades need to be able to make the case for an efficient investment, and often those investments will look more alluring if the utility company is offering a rebate or incentive to make the improvement.

The process of getting a rebate can be complex, however. That is why, industry experts agree, facility managers applying for rebates or incentives need to do their homework thoroughly. Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.

Advances In Getting Funding For Energy Efficiency Projects
06/01/16 – Facilitiesnet
Talk to facility managers and you’ll often hear about the difficulty of getting funding for new energy efficiency projects. Talk to experts in building energy efficiency, on the other hand, and you may hear that there is plenty of capital looking for projects to invest in. “We’re not lacking capital for energy efficiency; we’re just not connecting the dots,” says Matt Golden, of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

Golden manages an EDF program intended to make it easier to get funding for energy efficiency projects. The Investor Confidence Project (ICP) seeks to standardize the process of performing building energy efficiency upgrades to make funding easier to obtain. The idea is to give investors more confidence in what results projects will achieve and when.  Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.

Peoria ‘leads the pack’ in sustainability
05/31/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Architectural Services Manager Ed Striffler told council at a study session May 17, Peoria was recently recognized nationally for efficient building design, and it “leads the pack in the state.”

Striffler said the city is one of 10 top producers of green buildings in the country. When Peoria Sports Complex renovations were complete, the city received a LEED energy award for efficient energy design. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Exclusive: First zero-energy, green apartment development opening in Scottsdale
05/18/16 – Phoenix Business Journal
Doug Bowden and Ed Gorman are putting the finishing touches on the first zero-net-energy multifamily development in the state.

Gorman, president of Modus Development, said the Equinox apartments might be the first true zero-net-energy apartment development in the U.S.  Full article available online at www.bizjournals.com.

Green housing project planned for Phoenix’s historic Roosevelt Neighborhood
05/04/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
There was an unusually high turnout at the Roosevelt Action Association meeting on Tuesday, with approximately 50 neighbors in attendance. The highlight of the evening was the presentation by Tim Sprague of Habitat Metro, LLC., developer of Portland on the Park and Portland Place. Sprague gave an overview of his new development project that will be located on 3rd Avenue and Roosevelt called R Cubed—rethink, reuse, recycle.

A six-story, 120-unit apartment project, ranging from 300 sf -1398 sf, with retail and commercial outlets on the ground floor and various environmental amenities. The development would include, a solar canopy on the roof with the goal of powering the entire project. A rain water catch system to reuse water for landscaping, laundry and more. A community laundry facility, using bio-friendly detergent to reclaim water. An onsite car sharing program to encourage public transit, along with light rail and biking. There is even a plan to have a GRID bike share station out front. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Excited crowd greets solar plane at Goodyear Airport
05/04/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane making its way around the world, made its long-awaited stop in the Phoenix area Monday, touching down to cheers and applause, but otherwise nearly silently, at Phoenix Goodyear Airport at 8:55 p.m.

The Swiss-made plane had taken off from Mountain View, Calif., for Arizona shortly after 5 a.m. Monday to continue its global journey using only energy from the sun. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com

2016 IAQ Standard Published By ASHRAE
04/18/16 – Ashrae
ATLANTA – Requirements regarding multifamily residential dwellings, environmental tobacco smoke, and operations and maintenance are among changes to ASHRAE’s newly published indoor air quality standard.

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2016, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings. Full article available online at www.ashrae.org.

Applegate Insulation Announces New Production Facility in Arizona to Bring Eco-Friendly Insulation and Jobs to Southwest
04/28/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Applegate Insulation, the world’s largest family-owned manufacturer of cellulose insulation products, announced today it will be opening a new production facility in Casa Grande, Arizona in June of 2016.

The plant will operate as Applegate of Arizona, LLC, opening the doors of the Southwestern U.S. market to the Webberville, Michigan based manufacturer of eco-friendly insulation and erosion control products. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.
 

As Water Rates Rise, Efficiency More Important, Especially For Cooling Towers
04/01/16 – Facilitiesnet, H.W. Hoffman
Water and wastewater costs have risen at a phenomenal rate over the last six years. According to a 2015 report by Circle of Blue, a group of scientists and journalists, rates nationally were up 41 percent since 2010. At the same time, the cost of electricity has stabilized, and in some areas actually decreased slightly. In the past, conventional chilled water/cooling tower air conditioning was the norm for large facilities. With all the new concern with Legionella, the concern over future water supplies in much of the nation, and the push for high-performance facilities, some are relooking at water use for air conditioning cooling systems. In response, the industry is changing and evolving to become both more energy- and water-efficient. For facility managers, understanding these trends, as well as the energy/water nexus of large commercial air conditioning systems, is critical to saving money and truly moving toward high-performance and sustainability.

Twenty years ago, the choices that large facilities had for air conditioning were simply air-cooled or water-cooled systems. With facilities of 200,000 square feet or more, the clear choice was either a two- or four-pipe system with a cooling tower. The chiller/cooling tower/chilled water system was the workhorse. The energy efficiencies available with these systems versus direct expansion/air cooled systems made them the clear choice.  Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.

Power Authority worries bill would threaten Hoover Dam allotment 
03/21/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
A strike-everything amendment targets a little-known state agency that allocates billions of dollars worth of energy from Hoover Dam.

Though few may know of the agency, the Arizona Power Authority’s impact is huge. It’s responsible for allocating low-cost renewable hydroelectric energy from Hoover Dam, which serves about 8 million people in Arizona, Nevada and California.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.


ABOUT THE 2016 COMPETITION
02/24/16 – Energy Star
Whip your building into shape in 90 days!
Are you ready to amp up your energy savings and whip your building into a lean, green, energy-saving machine? In just 90 days, slim your energy and water wastelines with the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP™!

Every year, EPA hosts a nationwide competition among buildings to help organizations save energy, save water, and fight climate change with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR and WaterSense® programs. This year, it’s back with a fun, new twist. Join the BOOTCAMP and see how much you can save in 90 days! Full article available online at www.energystar.gov.

Green Building in U.S. Expected To Double by 2018
02/17/16 – CoStar Group
U.S. construction companies say they plan to intensify their green building activity over the next three years, according to the new World Green Building Trends study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics.

The U.S. also has one of the highest percentages of construction firms expecting to build new green institutional projects and retrofits of existing buildings. Full article available online at www.costar.com.

How a state ban on energy use reporting mandates earned an Arizona group industry accolades
02/19/16 – Phoenix Business Journal
An Arizona real estate group’s fight against the city of Phoenix and other municipalities trying require landlords and commercial property owners to disclose their energy use has earned some national "attaboys" from the rest of the industry.

The Arizona Legislature passed a bill last year stopping Phoenix from mandating energy consumption reports and a public database from landlords and building owners. Phoenix was looking at an energy reporting ordinance similar to ones in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago. The same bill blocked a progressive-backed push in Tempe to ban the use of plastic grocery bags.  Full article online at www.bizjournals.com.

Phoenix plans to go green by making neighborhoods happier and healthier
02/17/16 – Cronkite News
Phoenix leaders want to make neighborhoods happier and healthier under a proposal to create a more environmentally conscious city — but they want to hear from residents first.

Expanding public transit to every neighborhood, building parks and trails and relying on locally sourced food are among proposals to reduce greenhouse gases by 80 percent over the next three decades, said Mark Hartman, who oversees the city’s environmental efforts. The plan will affect Phoenix residents’ lives from the way they get to work to the way they handle uneaten food. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Little Colorado River fight hits home
02/19/16 – Arizona Daily Sun
It was mid-December when residents in the Fort Valley area started receiving letters from the Arizona Department of Water Resources. The letter referenced a general adjudication, a hydrographic survey report, water rights and a somewhat ominous statement, written in all capital letters, to “PLEASE READ THE ENCLOSED INFORMATION CAREFULLY.”

Kim Campbell is a Baderville resident and said she got word of the letters through her neighbors. The statements have spurred widespread concern among the many people who have wells and pump groundwater in the area, she said. Full article available online at www.azdailysun.com.

Targeting Occupant Behavior for Energy Savings
02/16/16 – Facilitiesnet
Our actions and behaviors in operating a building can significantly impact its performance, making it an underachiever compared to what it was designed for. Three things can remedy this: capital-investment improvements, operational changes, and behavioral modifications. Start with occupant behavior.

We design and build our schools, offices, and other facilities to demanding performance codes, standards, first-cost and ongoing budgets, and operational requirements. We measure twice and cut once as we build and commission our buildings to ensure that what is constructed can perform to the level of performance designed. Then we occupy our buildings — buildings with LEED certifications, energy efficiency targets, and established energy budgets. When we start moving into our new building we focus our attention on operating it to support occupants and meet varying demands on the facility, losing sight of the energy target that was so carefully engineered. Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.

GBCI to Administer Green Garage Certification Program
01/15/16 - Leticia McCadden
Washington, D.C. (Jan. 15, 2016)—Today, GBCI, the certification body for USGBC’s global LEED green building rating system, announced it will now administer the Green Garage Certification Program through its acquisition of the Green Parking Council.

“Parking and sustainability are not mutually exclusive concepts. Every story about a green building is a story about people—and every story about parking is a story about connections between people and their community,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, COO of USGBC and president of GBCI. “Through collaborative, integrated and innovative green parking practices, we can advance sustainable mobility. This will enable our parking structures to achieve increased energy efficiency, reduced environmental impact, improved parking space management, integrated mobility solutions and technologies, enhanced performance and stronger community relationships.”  Full article available at www.gbci.com.

APS plans new solar plant near Red Rock
01/28/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Arizona Public Service Co. plans to build and operate a new solar plant in southern Pinal County.

The Pinal County Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to recommend approval of a request by APS for an industrial use permit to construct and operate the solar photovoltaic power plant on a 623-acre parcel east of Interstate 10, 2 miles south of the Red Rock interchange. Full article available online at www.lawgroupreporter.com.

Lambeau Field Expansion Delivers Water Savings and Efficiency to Green Bay Packers' Home
1/1/2016 – Facilitiesnet
Mention Lambeau Field, and football fans immediately conjure up images of the Green Bay Packers championship football, Vince Lombardi, and frozen tundra. While the 59-year-old stadium certainly has played a role in creating long-lasting memories for generations of fans, Ted Eisenreich is the first to tell you they are not all Lambeau Field has to offer.

“We’re more than just football,” says Eisenreich, director of facility operations for the Packers. The stadium has evolved since its opening in 1957, when 32,500 fans sat on aluminum benches but had only a few concession as amenities. Today, Lambeau Field contains 2 million square feet of space and features a restaurant, banquets and trade show space, a team hall of fame, a large atrium, and numerous fan suites, in addition to the team’s administrative offices, locker rooms and training facilities. Full article available online at www.facilitiesnet.com.

Water loss may force Arizona economy to adapt or fail
12/17/15 – Bizjournals.com
Arizona's economy, along with that of much of the West, will have to adjust to shrinking water supplies along the Colorado River or risk an economic implosion.

State officials have long said they are in good shape due to water conservation efforts decades ago, but with more people flooding the West the demand will grow. Full article available online at www.bizjournals.com.

Ducey puts 29 on Water Augmentation Council
12/23/15 – Bizjournals.com
Planning for Arizona’s water sustainability moved into the Governor’s office today with the appointment of 29 business, scientific and government leaders to the Water Augmentation Council.

The council has been charged by Gov. Doug Ducey — as part of the administration’s water initiative — to find ways to ensure certainty for the Arizona water supply today and into the future. The council is to make recommendations related to long-term augmentation strategies, water conservation, funding and infrastructure.  Full article available online at www.bizjournals.com

Waterless: New Obama Executive Order Puts Focus on Water Consumption
12/01/15 - Facilitiesnet
Vista, Calif. — Nov. 16, 2015 — In March 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order 13693, which is tightly focused on what is termed "energy and water security" and applies specifically to federally owned and operated facilities around the world.

However, as with President Clinton's Executive Order 13101 dealing with green and sustainable issues, it is expected to have considerable impact on all types of facilities, private as well as government-owned. Full article available on www.facilitiesnet.com.

Sustainability: The New Norm in Real Estate Development and Investing
11/04/15 – National Real Estate Investor
Time was when the idea of sustainability in real estate development and investing was a pretty soft notion. Sure, everyone liked the “idea” of reducing carbon emissions, protecting the environment and exploring alternative energy sources, but few were willing to spend money on it. Today, things are vastly different, and it’s the bottom line that’s talking.

A number of factors have driven real estate sustainability into the mainstream, but the greatest influence, whether in the initial design phase or via retrofit, are tenant expectations. Full article available online at www.nreionline.com.

There are states that defend carbon emissions rules
11/04/15 – The Wall Street Journal
A group of 18 states is expected to ask a federal court on Wednesday to intervene in support of Obama administration greenhouse-gas regulations that require significant emissions cuts from hundreds of U.S. power plants.

The move will mean most states in the nation are taking sides in a legal battle over a top Environmental Protection Agency initiative on reducing carbon-dioxide emissions. Full article available online at www.rosegroupreporter.com.

Despite bright spots, Arizona slips to 17th in energy-efficiency rank
10/22/15 – Cronkite News
Arizona slipped two spots to 17th place in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released Wednesday, even though experts say the state still does very well in some areas.

The ninth annual report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks states for public policy that improves “energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, industries and transportation systems,” measuring everything from building codes to mass transit to energy savings programs. Full article available online at www.rosegroupreporter.com.

2.8 million Arizonans live within vulnerable zones from toxic chemical leaks
10/19/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
More than 2.8 million Arizona residents — or 44 percent of the state’s population — live within areas that are most vulnerable to a catastrophic accidental release of gaseous, and sometimes explosive hazardous chemicals.

The toxic agents, which the Environmental Protection Agency deems extremely hazardous, include chemicals such as anhydrous ammonia, chlorine and hydrofluoric acid. They are stored in more than 100 facilities that dot the Arizona landscape and, when released, can cause temporary blindness, searing pain, suffocation, and even death. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Large water companies drinking up weaker ones
10/11/15 - Phoenix Business Journal
It’s survival of the fittest in Arizona’s water business, even though it’s technically an industry with no competition.

The state has 321 water companies, but only a few have the financial ability to invest millions in infrastructure and keep up with regulatory changes. As a result, many smaller companies are being gobbled up by the larger ones, such as Epcor Water USA Inc. and Global Water Resources Inc. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

The Smartest Building in the World
09/23/15 – Bloomberg Business
It knows where you live. It knows what car you drive. It knows who you’re meeting with today and how much sugar you take in your coffee. (At least it will, after the next software update.) This is the Edge, and it’s quite possibly the smartest office space ever constructed.

A day at the Edge in Amsterdam starts with a smartphone app developed with the building’s main tenant, consulting firm Deloitte. From the minute you wake up, you’re connected. The app checks your schedule, and the building recognizes your car when you arrive and directs you to a parking spot. Full article available online at www.blommberg.com.

State says lower ozone standard a ‘major challenge’ for Arizona
10/03/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
The Environmental Protection Agency’s reduction of its limit for ground-level ozone will put an additional seven Arizona counties out of compliance and pose a significant challenge, an official said Friday.

Eric Massey, director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Division, pointed to what he calls the state’s proximity to California, its summer sunshine and heat, and the number of older cars on its roads. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

OP-ED] We’re halfway to avoiding a water shortage
10/06/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Central Arizona Project has stored enough water undergound to fill Yankee Stadium more than 500 times.

Anticipating a shortage, CAP and the Arizona Department of Water Resources is now working with others to store an additional 740,000 acre-feet of new water in Lake Mead. Full article is available online at www.roselawgroup.com.

Scottsdale among luxury housing markets with best air quality
10/02/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
It may be fair in San Diego, but air quality? Au contraire.

Relative to other parts of the country, California’s luxury real-estate markets have the worst air quality, according to an analysis of data from the Environmental Protection Agency. Luxury markets in Hawaii have some of the best.  Available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Florence continues to attract solar power
09/22/15 - Rose Law Group Reporter
With one major solar ranch operating in the northern town limits and another under construction south of Anthem, the Town Council is laying the groundwork for a third.

The council held a public hearing and heard the first reading of an ordinance to rezone 282 acres from “R1-R” single-residential ranchette to “PUD” planned unit development at the council’s Sept. 8 meeting. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Wind power stagnates in Arizona
09/13/05 - Rose Law Group Reporter
Dozens of wind turbines, their blades swooping rhythmically through the air, punctuate thousands of acres of rolling ranchland north of Williams. For three years, the spinning blades at Perrin Ranch Wind Energy Center have caught northern Arizona’s wind, turning it into power that gets shot across massive power lines onto the region’s electric grid.

Across much of the West and middle America, turbines like these are sprouting up in massive numbers. In a March report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that wind will account for 9.8 gigawatts of the more than 20 gigawatts of utility-scale generating capacity expected to be added to the power grid this year. That’s more than natural gas and solar combined. Available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Arizona’s water supply coming from Colorado River safe for next 2 years –
8/19/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter

Here is some great news for the millions who live in the Southwest: the Bureau of Reclamation confirmed that there will be no water shortage declared on the Colorado River next year.

The bureau expected that 2017 would also be a normal water use year. There’s only a 15 percent probability of a shortage being declared in 2017. The bureau’s report showed the anticipated level in Lake Mead on Jan. 1, 2016 will be 1,082 feet above sea level.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Water-efficiency upgrades urged for Southwest
07/27/15 – The Republic
Arizona and the Southwest are dumping too much water down the drain, but the waste could be reduced by efficiency upgrades that pay for themselves, a conservation group contends.

Governments and utilities already save energy nationwide through the use of performance contracts — deals that pay contractors only for proven cost savings. Now it's time to apply the same method to water savings in the drought-stricken Colorado River basin, which includes Arizona, according to Western Resource Advocates.  Full article available online at www.azcentral.com.

Findings conflict on green buildings ranking
07/07/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Real Estate Daily News reports that with 31.4 percent of its office space considered “green,” Phoenix ranked 18 out of 30 markets on the National Green Building Adoption Index 2015, a joint project of CBRE Group, Inc. and Maastricht University.

Despite scoring in the bottom half of most green building categories, metropolitan Phoenix showed improvement in several areas and moved up three positions to 18th overall.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Better Buildings Challenge has saved $1B in energy costs
06/15/15 – Greentech Media
The White House Better Buildings Challenge has saved participants more than $1 billion in just two years, according to a recent review of the program.

More than 250 partners have signed on to the challenge, which calls for a 20 percent energy reduction over 10 years. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Water Policy
06/12/15 – The Republic
Companies that require large amounts of water to run their business will have to do more than just pay for the city’s supply if they want to locate in Chandler.

They will have to go out and find some of the water themselves. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Green Roofs Grow on Multifamily Buildings in Major U.S. Cities
06/02/15 – National Real Estate Investor
The condominiums at the Visionaire in New York City start at $690,000. The amenities include a 2,075-sq.-ft. rooftop garden with more than 160 species of ornamental plants, including vertical screens for climbing vegetables and a fruit orchard with dwarf trees.

“There are lots of benefits to having a green roof—the short-term benefit is having a usable amenity space,” says Steven Peck, president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Full article available online at www.nreionline.com.

Wind power could be coming to all states, report says
05/28/15 – The Huffington Post
The United States might just be on the verge of a wind power revolution.

Or, at least, the newest generation of wind turbines, featuring taller towers and longer blades, have the potential to push the country in that direction. Because of their design, these turbines can generate more power — and do so more efficiently — even in parts of the country, such as the Southeast, where wind is generally inconsistent and rather slow, according to a report released this month by the U.S. Department of Energy.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Obama announces new rule limiting water pollution
05/28/15 – The New York Times
President Obama on Wednesday announced a sweeping new clean water regulation meant to restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.

The rule, which would apply to about 60 percent of the nation’s bodies of water, comes as part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to use his executive authority to build a major environmental legacy, without requiring new legislation from the Republican-controlled Congress.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

New ‘Tenant Star’ Label to Provide Energy Savings Perks for Occupiers
05/06/15 – CoStar
After being embroiled in Washington gridlock for several years, "Tenant Star"-- the first government-sponsored branding label issued to landlord and tenant teams who design, build-out and operate energy efficient, leased spaces -- has become law.

President Obama signed S. 535 into law April 30 at an Oval Office ceremony. The Real Estate Roundtable commercial real estate lobbying group and environmental advocates applauded the bipartisan legislation, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, which specifies various federal actions to increase energy and water efficiency in commercial and government buildings.  Full article available online at www.costar.com.

Western drought steals clean energy along with fresh water at power
04/27/15 – The Washington Post
INSIDE HOOVER DAM — The floor rumbled under Mark Cook. His legs vibrated as he stood in a tunnel tucked into the thick base of Hoover Dam, 430 feet below the tourists looking out over Lake Mead. Beneath him, water roared through steel pipes 13 feet tall. Nearby, heavy turbines hummed with mechanical intensity.

“We’re moving some good water today,” Cook, the dam manager, said proudly. Full article available online at www.roselawgroup.com.

 

Japan has just opened one of the world’s largest floating solar power plants, signaling increasing adoption of the efficient and innovative technology in the country, which is due partly to lack of space on land.

Colorado River shortage unlikely to affect cities, industries in near term, officials say
4/23/15 – Cronkite News
Arizona’s communities, industries, mines and Native American tribes aren’t likely to be affected during the next five years if federal officials declare a shortage on the Colorado River, officials said Wednesday.

While Central Arizona Project rates may rise, deliveries for groundwater replenishment would be eliminated and central Arizona agriculture would take a hit, leaders of a workshop held at the Arizona Department of Water Resources said the state is ready for a shortage on the Colorado. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Magnificent solar plane due here in May, to stay 3 days
04/11/15 – The Arizona Republic
The Solar Impulse 2, a plane that is circumnavigating the globe without a drop of fuel, is making Phoenix one of its 12 stops around the world.

The aircraft’s pilots say they are trying to change the world by flying around it in a plane powered by the sun’s energy.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

State bill would stop cities from requiring energy use disclosures from building owners
03/17/15 – Phoenix Business Journal
A bill at the Arizona Legislature would block Phoenix — and other cities — from requiring building owners to disclose their energy use.

Senate Bill 1241 was previously a bill related to the state’s Medicaid system but it has been changed completely via a so-called striker amendment to specifically prohibit cities from requiring energy use disclosures from commercial and apartment landlords. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

GREENER STANDARDS IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
03/12/15 – Hipercept.com
In a report released by New York’s Department of Buildings (DOB), it was brought to attention that nine out of every 10 office or residential buildings fail to meet the New York City Energy Conservation Code. Federal funding to the tune of $123 million called for 90% of new buildings plans to comply by the code by 2017. As a result, Mayor de Blasio and the corresponding NYC officials have been cracking down on noncompliant properties. This compliance issue brings light to a bigger conversation on energy efficiency of commercial real estate buildings around the world, and what the future holds for both existing buildings and future developments.

The US is slowly making progress in the realm of energy efficiency in commercial real estate. New York State recently reported a savings of $4M in the first half of 2014 after implementing efficiency programs. Boston, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle rank among the most energy efficient cities in the country, with a wealth of others putting programs into place that will save millions of dollars over the next few years. There are also initiatives by private companies such as Honeywell, who is working with the Hillsborough, New Jersey school district on an energy efficiency program. The district expects to cut energy use and costs by almost 50%, and save over $1 million per year. Europe is also turning towards more sustainable options, spending on energy efficient buildings by countries within the European Union is expected to reach over $800M in the next decade. So, with all these initiatives currently in progress, why aren’t we seeing more results?  Full article available online at www.hipercept.com.

Tucson Realtors lead by example on efficiency, sustainability
02/20/15 – Arizona Daily Star
With a look to the future, the Tucson Association of Realtors (TAR) has taken several progressive steps forward to inject “sustainability” into the housing and real estate industry. Through technology and common sense, TAR wants to raise awareness, help educate and change the way our community thinks about development.
Along those lines, we have launched an ambitious program for 2015: “Sustainability: The Next Step in Real Estate.”  Full article available online at www.tucson.com.

Real estate industry seeing red over Phoenix green building plan
02/12/15 – Phoenix Business Journal
The real estate industry is upset with a plan from the city of Phoenix that would require commercial building owners report their energy consumption and use of renewable to a public database.

The city is considering energy reporting requirements for buildings of 50,000 square feet or more. It would be a kin to ones in New York, San Francisco and other big cities. Full article available online at www.bizjournals.com.

 Top of the Phoenix lists: LEED-Certified Buildings
01/16/15 – Phoenix Business Journal
Intel's Ocotillo Campus, the 14-building collection of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-level advancements in water saving and waste recycling, captured the No. 1 ranking in the Phoenix Business Journal's LEED-Certified Buildings list, published today.

The list was ranked by square footage. At 3.9 million square feet, the Intel facility was easily the largest on the list. Full article available online at www.bizjournals.com.

 Taylor Morrison Named Green Home Builder’s 2014 Green Builder of the Year
01//14/15 – In Business Magazine
Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, a leading homebuilder and developer in North America, has received the 2014 Builder of the Year honor from Green Home Builder magazine, a national trade publication focused on certified housing and energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building practices.


“We are honored by this recognition from Green Home Builder. As a company that has always maintained a strong commitment to the sustainability of the communities we build and service, our responsibility for the environment continues to be a priority for Taylor Morrison,” said Sheryl Palmer, chief executive officer of Taylor Morrison. “Increasingly, homebuyers share this priority, and we are constantly looking for ways to distinguish ourselves and our products through a continued commitment to improving our environmental footprint while maintaining our competitive value proposition.”  Full article available online at www.inbusinessmag.com.

 States Work To Meet New Renewable Energy Standards
1/1/15 - Huffington Post
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than five dozen giant turbines erected on a remote mesa in western New Mexico began churning out power for the state's largest electric provider on New Year's Day.


Tapping into the multimillion-dollar Red Mesa Wind Energy Center marks the latest effort by utility PNM to add more renewable energy resources to its portfolio.  Full article available online at www.huntingtonpost.com.

 Arizona farmers sacrifice to head off water crisis
12/13/14 - Azcentral
All it takes is 10 feet of water to go from caution to crisis on the Colorado River.


That's why Arizona farmers like Dan Thelander support a new agreement that will help conserve the amount of water in Lake Mead even though it could mean short-term sacrifices for them. Full article available online at www.azcentral.com.

Energy efficiency programs that could be cut have helped thousands of consumers
11/15/14 – Rose Law Group Reporter  
Solar power might be the popular kid on the block in Arizona, but far more utility customers participate in energy-efficiency programs than put solar on their roofs, and far more will be affected if those programs are cut, as regulators propose.
Arizona Public Service Co., for example, has about 29,000 customers with rooftop solar, among the most of any U.S. utility.
 
But that pales in comparison with the hundreds of thousands of customers who have energy-efficient appliances, well-built homes and use low-watt light bulbs, all funded in part by the company’s efficiency program.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroup.com.


 
Cairo's ultra-green mixed-use development will be topped with flowing solar canopy
11/03/14 - Building Construction & Design
Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architecture has come up with a plan for a mixed-use complex located in Cairo that combines vegetation and structure to communicate Egypt's inclination toward progressive architecture, designboom reports. The proposal's main purpose is to raise awareness of sustainable architecture designed to combat global warming. 

 

The roof is solar, and shades green rooftop terraces and sky villas. This conserves energy otherwise needed for cooling, as do the solar panels and heating tubes on the roof.  The full article is available online at www.bdcnetwork.com.

 

$350M ‘green’ condominium project moves into Scottsdale
10/23/14 - AZRE
The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf, a “green” luxury condominium development, is set to launch sales in early November. The $350M development is one of the largest luxury residential projects in the Southwest.

Developed by Scottsdale-based Cypress Development Group, The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf will be the most luxurious condominium community to ever be developed and sold in Arizona as defined by its exclusive location, proposed LEED-certified building techniques, effortless ownership services, world-class amenities and distinctive finishes. The project is adjacent to Cypress’ Sterling at Silverleaf community of luxury, LEED-certified villas.  Full article available online at www.azre.com.

 ASU’s Zero Waste by 2015 initiative is incomplete
10/22/14 - The State Press
ASU’s Zero Waste by 2015 initiative was launched on April 1 of this year, though it has been in the works for several years. One of many efforts centered around sustainability on campus, the Zero Waste program has been publicized fairly well and many of its programs have already been implemented. For instance, there are recycling bins on every corner; composting bins have been installed at Hassayampa and Barrett, the Honors College’s dining halls; cardboard collecting services have been implemented in Tempe and Polytechnic; hand dryers have been installed in most restrooms at all four campuses; and even more obscure efforts, such as athletic shoe collection, have been enacted in order to reduce solid waste diversion by 90 percent.

ASU’s effort to become a more sustainable institution should not be a surprise given the presence of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability, one of the best sustainability programs in the world — and similar enterprises should be setting comparable goals. However, while reducing ASU’s waste is an extremely important and noble goal given its immense ecological footprint (17.72 million gross square feet), the Zero Waste by 2015 initiative is ultimately incomplete. Full article online at www.statepress.com.


 

 SkySong 3 Building Awarded LEED Silver Certification

10/03/814 - Commercial Executive Magazine

SkySong3 The four-story, 145,000-square-foot office and research building at the intersection of SkySong Boulevard and Innovation Place has achieved Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and construction.

LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the U.S. Buildings are measured based on the number of points they earn across the categories of green building, such as energy, water, indoor environment, location and materials.  Full article available online at www.cem-az.com.

 

Net-Zero Energy townhomes coming to downtown Scottsdale  
09/30/14 - arizona.newszap.com
MODUS Icon is launching Arizona’s first Net-Zero Energy townhomes, “MZ” in downtown Scottsdale on Friday, Oct. 17. 

With a proximity to downtown restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, spas, and shopping districts, MODUS Icon officials contend the multifamily housing development is a cut-above other options available in Scottsdale. Full article available online at www.arizona.newszap.com.


 
Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results
07/01/14 - Mckinsey.com
Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and accountability of their sustainability programs, many companies have far to go.
Company leaders are rallying behind sustainability, and executives overall believe the issue is increasingly important to their companies’ strategy. But as it continues to grow into a core business issue, challenges to capturing its full value lie ahead. These are among the key findings from our most recent McKinsey survey on the topic,1 which asked respondents about the actions their companies are taking to address environmental, social, or governance issues, the practices they use to manage sustainability, and the value at stake.

One such challenge is reputation management. Year over year, large shares of executives cite reputation as a top reason their companies address sustainability; of the 13 core activities we asked about, they say reputation has the most value potential for their industries. However, many of this year’s respondents say their companies are not pursuing the reputation-building activities that would maximize that financial value.  Full article available online at www.mckinsey.com.

The World's Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich
07/02/13 - Inhabitat.com 
Munich, Germany now boasts the greenest office building in the world. NuOffice is off the charts in all sustainability metrics, easily achieving LEED platinum status. European research project DIRECTION and scientists from Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics banded together to help design the über-green building, hoping it will serve as a model for future new construction across the globe.
In order to raise the bar on the building’s energy efficiency, the science and research team sought to maximize the building’s passive energy use, driving down energy consumption and introducing renewable energy sources as main suppliers to the building. NuOffice’s roof alternates between lush, insulating greenery and a powerful photovoltaic array that adds to the building’s power needs.  Full article available online at
www.inhabitat.com.

New Chinese City Goes Green For The Health Benefits
06/27/13 - Earth Techling Newsletter
Where you live can have a big impact on your health. Bad air quality, a lack of green space, or too much soul-crushing traffic, and your physical and emotional health can take a nosedive. The terrible thing is, we’re so used to these problems, that we consider them normal, and completely ignore the way they make us feel.

A new project by Peter Ruge Architekten aims to find out if changing the very layout and construction of a city can alleviate those problems instead of making them worse. The firm is planning a city in China’s Hainan Province. It will be called ‘Green Health City‘ and could eventually serve as a sustainable urban prototype.  Full article available online at www.earthtechling.com.

Energy Star Portfolio Tool Upgrade Delayed
07/03/13 - EnergyStar
We regret to inform you that release of the upgraded Portfolio Manager tool, which was originally scheduled for July 10, is being postponed to allow EPA to conduct additional checks to verify correct and complete data migration. The new tool will now be released on Wednesday, July 17.
 
We are excited to let you know that the new Portfolio Manager tool is fully functional and all data and account records have been migrated over from the old tool. However, our first priority continues to be ensuring that the tens of millions of data points contained within Portfolio Manager's 70,000 active accounts have been migrated correctly and completely by the time of launch. To that end, EPA has decided to postpone the release for one week.
 
We appreciate your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  More information at
www.energystar.gov.

LEED v4 Passes Ballot, Will Launch This Fall
07/02/13 - EDC Magazine
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the world’s premier green building rating system. The final overall vote was 86 percent in favor of adopting LEED v4. This includes 90 percent approval from the user category of the voting body, 77 percent approval from the general interest category and 89 percent approval from the producer category. The minimum overall percentage of votes needed for a passing vote was 66.7 percent.

“There are 46 countries and territories around the world and all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia represented in the voting pool for LEED v4, which includes an extraordinarily diverse group of industry professionals, manufacturers, educators and other green building leaders,” said Joel Ann Todd, chair of the LEED Steering Committee. “USGBC sets a very high bar for a rating system to be approved. The rating system must earn a significant percentage of the overall vote as well as a majority approval from each of the various LEED stakeholder groups. This ensures that rating system approval represents the full diversity of USGBC’s membership.”  Full article available online at www.edcmag.com.

New Pilot Unlocks Deep Energy Efficiency in Buildings
06/20/13 - EC&M.com
For the first time, an electric utility is testing a 20-year model to purchase metered energy-efficiency savings. The agreement between Seattle City Light and the Bullitt Foundation is designed to make deep energy efficiency in new and existing commercial buildings economically feasible.

“This is a great partnership between the City and the private sector to encourage energy efficiency,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “I hope this project can serve as a model for others to save money, reduce energy usage, and cut our carbon emissions.”  Full article available online at www.ecmweb.com.

Industrial Still Fights for Full Seat at LEED Table
06/24/13  - National Real Estate Investor
The industrial sector, as a whole, with massive expanses of indoor space, has been the last property type to jump fully on to the sustainability bandwagon, in part because professional green certification processes haven’t caught up to the sector’s unique needs.

However, due to tenant and customer demand, more new construction and retrofit industrial projects are gaining professional green certification. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, 117 manufacturing properties have earned LEED certification, totaling 41 million sq. ft. This number should see strong growth, however, as 703 more projects have registered for certification, totaling 221 million sq. ft.  Full article available online at www.nreionline.com.

How to Manage “Green Fatigue”
06/20/13 - NAIOP
Businesses and consumers are inundated with “green,” whether watching TV or going to the car wash. It’s enough to force many to simply tune-out, ignoring calls for lower carbon footprints, recycling, and driving less.

So what does this mean for commercial building owners? Unfortunately, it means building occupants and visitors are often those very same green-fatigued consumers who are tuning out the benefits of their state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly and energy efficient surroundings. In addition, many of the building management teams have reached their limits relative to green courses and certifications, filling out extensive new forms and working with consultants — all tasks carried out in addition to their already heavy workloads.  Full article available online at www.naiop.org.

Grocers Reduce, Recycle and Re-Educate Customers on Green Buying
06/10/03 - National Real Estate Investor
Grocers have gradually bought into green initiatives, launching sustainability programs that focus on conservation of water and energy, reduction of truck traffic and zero-waste technology.

Whole Foods, for example, recently partnered with agribusiness Gotham Greens to build a 20,000-sq.-ft. greenhouse on top of a planned store in Brooklyn. The store will open in the Gowanus neighborhood in the fall.  Full article available online at www.nreionline.com.

Free LEED Certification For Groundbreaking Projects Abroad
06/10/13 - Environmental Leader
With the aim of broadening the reach of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and accelerating the growth of sustainable development in new markets, the US Green Building Council will offer free LEED certification to the first projects to certify in 112 countries abroad.

The LEED Earth initiative will promote the introduction of  better performing buildings in countries like Afghanistan, Algeria, Bhutan, Belarus, Central African Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Full article available online at www.environmentalleader.com.

World's First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK
06/05/13 - Inhabitat.com
The Carbon Buster is the world’s first building block to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its manufacturing (14kg pe

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