Environmental Due Diligence In The Era Of Climate Change
Public and private pressure to reduce GHG emissions and for green buildings is increasing. Purchasers and their lenders will probably start requiring evaluation of a building’s carbon footprint very soon.
The High Performance Portfolio Framework:
Energy Management Strategies for a competitive office market
Buildings are your business. They’re investment vehicles, providing financial
opportunity, as well as places of commerce. Have you unlocked all of their potential?
Benchmarking Commercial Buildings
Benchmarking is the process of comparing the energy performance of a particular commercial building to a range of energy-performance values of similar buildings. Just as Energy Guide labels on appliances show where the labeled appliance fits into the range of similar appliances from most to least efficient, benchmarking creates a ranking system for commercial buildings.
Energy Auditing for Groups of Buildings
Energy specialists evaluate groups of buildings that share common characteristics, warehouses or convenience stores, for example. Auditing groups of buildings requires a different strategy than auditing individual buildings.
Energy-performance contracting (EPC) describes business ventures that use future energy savings to finance energy conservation measures. Energy service companies (ESCOs) engaged in EPC conduct an “investment-grade audit” of a facility to assess the potential for profitable energy-saving investments.
Information Essentials for Energy Efficiency
Many building managers purchase sophisticated energy technologies without considering simpler ways of saving energy. Vendors may offer maintenance contracts, new equipment, energy management systems, and fancy lighting options. But before considering these products and services, you should look further.
Assessment of the Technical Potential for Achieving Net Zero-Energy in the Commercial Sector
This report summarizes the findings from research conducted at NREL to assess the technical potential for zero-energy building (ZEB) technologies and practices to reduce the impact of commercial buildings on the U.S. energy system.