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[25 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Nearly 35,000 Con Edison customers who took advantage of the company’s energy efficiency programs in 2014 helped keep New York’s air clean and earned a record amount of incentives while doing so.
The customers’ projects – which included  lighting, HVAC equipment, building management systems and other improvements – will keep more than 87,000 tons of carbon out of the air annually.
That’s the equivalent of taking 14,500 cars off the road.
“Technology is bringing us new ways to help our customers save energy, and keep New York clean,” said Rebecca Craft, Con Edison’s …

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[25 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
L&L creating New York’s healthiest building at 425 Park

L&L Holding announced that it is seeking to create New York City’s first WELL Core & Shell Compliant office tower at 425 Park Avenue.

The company has officially registered the development to pursue WELL Core & Shell Compliance, the first building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and well-being through the built environment.

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[24 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Joshua Richards
First Potomac Realty Trust
In today’s commercial real estate market, “green” is the way to go.
For owners and operators, a green building is a powerful tool, signifying quality and efficiency to tenants while promoting social good.
Once thought too costly or too difficult to achieve, the reality is that green buildings are no longer the Mt. Everest many imagined.
While no endeavor is without its challenges, realizing sustainability in building construction and management is easier than it seems in today’s marketplace, and building professionals and tenants alike are eager to see …

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[24 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

A new report from Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management’s (Deutsche AWM) cites a 31 percent ROI as reason enough to keep investing in green building.
In its annual Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Strategy Update, the company highlights the 10 achievements and overall progress Deutsche AWM’s real estate investment business has made in implementing its ESG strategy.
The ESG strategy is defined by the business’ ability to preserve and enhance risk-adjusted returns and strengthen its investment process by reducing risk, improving efficiency and satisfying tenants.
“Accelerating environmentally and socially responsible investments in a manner …

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[18 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Mudslide a stark reminder to owners

By Dan Orlando
A mudslide at a Yonkers apartment building put the city’s building managers on alert this week.
Two buildings and dozens of residents were evacuated after mud slid down the steep hill neighboring the properties.
Melting snow was initially blamed, although a broken pipe was later said to be the cause.
Robert Occhiogrossi, R.A., NCARB, LEED AP managing director at IVI Assessment Services, a CBRE company, said the incident was a stark reminder of the dangers of neglecting property management, particulary as the weather conditions change.
“You can’t anticipate everything that could go …

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[11 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Major Energy announced a new multi-year marketing partnership with the New York Yankees that names the firm as the Official Energy Supply Company for the team.
The partnership provides Major Energy with brand integration at Yankee Stadium and expands its presence in New York sports, complementing its already-in-progress partnership with the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden.
Major Energy is an energy supply company serving both residential and commercial customers in the deregulated natural gas and electric markets of Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
“We are very excited …

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[4 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Rooftop farming still looking for big break

Edenworks is about as modern as a farm can get. In planters stacked to the ceiling of a sunlit, 800-s/f greenhouse, the startup is growing bok choi, arugula, turnips, sage and lettuce. The plants are fertilized with waste water from fish tanks, where Edenworks is raising Tilapia. In the process of fertilization, the water is filtered and ultimately returns to the tanks, beginning the cycle anew. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of this complex procedure – called aquaponic farming – is that it all takes place on the rooftop …

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[25 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Report: Sustainable buildings make for happy tenants

DTZ, a global leader in commercial real estate services, has completed research revealing a link between tenant satisfaction and sustainability efforts in buildings.
DTZ vice president, Sustainability Services Allison Porter and DTZ Economist Rebecca Rockey evaluated responses to Kingsley Associates’ tenant surveys–the industry standard in measuring tenant satisfaction–relative to common sustainability certifications.
The study examined three building-specific certifications: the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB), EPA’s ENERGY STAR and the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Sustainability and Energy Scorecard, a sustainability …

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[25 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
New York ranked tenth in annual USGBC list of green states

New York State has ranked tenth in the annual Top 10 States for LEED listing produced by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The USGB list ranking states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident.
The per-capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.
LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a …

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[28 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

Turner Construction 2014 Green Building Market Barometer shows that interest in Green Globes and other alternative building rating systems is up 250 percent in two years.
According to the study of more than 300 executives of market participants, “Respondents … expressed a significantly increased interest in alternative rating systems such as Green Globes, EnergyStar and others, with 43 percent of respondents saying they would be extremely or very likely to seek alternative certification [from LEED®], significantly more than the 2012 number of 17 percent.”
“The market for green building certification is clearly …

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