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  1. Energy Efficiency’s Effect on Building Valuation

    February 11, 2014 | 2 comments

    Did you know that energy use is many times the largest single line item on an expense statement, according to Schneider Electric?

    Because of its potential impact, reducing energy use not only helps lower operating expenses, but it can also increase commercial building valuation. As energy efficiency increases, so can a building’s asset value. By saving energy, net operating income increases (thanks to higher rents, improved occupancy rates, and lower operating expenses). According to the Institute of Building Efficiency, green buildings experience an average net operating income that’s 5.9% higher than a traditional building. (more…)

  2. Selling Your Energy-Efficiency Project

    February 4, 2014 | 0 comments

    No matter how excellent your sustainability proposal might be, it can be tough to convince the right people to invest in an energy-efficiency upgrade if it requires any upfront capital.

    “Selling” energy efficiency often requires more of an educational approach than, for example, trying to convince the C-suite to invest in a new printer that will improve employee productivity. It may seem like a team approach is best when discussing possible energy-efficiency improvements, but some experts say the right move is to have a face-to-face discussion with the person who writes your company’s checks. (more…)

  3. Easy Ways to Improve Building Efficiency

    October 15, 2013 | 0 comments

    A recent FirstFuel survey covering 60 million square feet of U.S. commercial building space has revealed that the majority of operational improvements for energy efficiency can be made with very little or no cost to building owners.

    Although investing in facility retrofits can help with operational efficiency, an upgrade isn’t the only way to enhance system performance.

    This research also found that the vast majority of low- and no-cost energy-efficiency improvements are still untouched in many medium and large U.S. commercial buildings.

  4. Sustainability Provides a Corporate Edge

    June 13, 2012 | 0 comments

    Just because it seems like all the go-green opportunities have been addressed in your facility doesn’t mean sustainable processes have done all they can for your organization. Sustainability brings much more than energy efficiency and decreased water use; more and more information is being uncovered to confirm that corporate financial success is tied to lasting sustainability efforts. (more…)