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Johnson Controls Touts LEAN Energy Analysis Tool (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls, Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis
Date: 2019-01-21
In Milwaukee, Johnson Controls is reporting a partnership with Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE), World Resources Institute (WRI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to test and deploy LEAN, an open-source, web-based analysis tool that identifies energy efficient building retrofit opportunities.

The new LEAN initiative is part of the Johnson Controls and CBRE Innovation Lab, established three years ago to evaluate, connect and leverage products, services and energy data to create value for occupiers and investors of real estate, according to the company.

Berkeley Lab will automate and improve the LEAN tool and create an open-source version for public use. CBRE will be an initial deployment partner and will use the tool to help their customers target cost-effective energy efficiency retrofit opportunities. WRI will use the open-source version of the tool to help local governments target these retrofit opportunities in both public and private buildings.

Download Johnson Controls LEAN energy analysis technology details HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, Campus Safety, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, JVP Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, www.lbl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Johnson Controls,  CBRE,  World Resources Institute,  


Singapore Fifth in Green Office Space Certifications (Int'l)
CBRE
Date: 2018-12-10
A recently released report from CBRE Research placed Singapore in fifth place across the six major gateway cities in Asia Pacific (APAC) in terms of the largest volume of green office space with approximately 13 million sq-ft. Shanghai topped the list with more than 20 million sq-ft or around 80% of new office buildings certified as green spaces, followed by Hong Kong with 19 million sq-ft, Beijing registered 16.5 million sq-ft followed by Tokyo with an estimated 4.9 million sq-ft of certified green space.

The 2014 Singapore Green Building Master Plan targeted the the local Green Mark standard for 80 pct of all buildings by 2030. It's adoption rate presently stands at 27 pct as of 2018. (Source: CBRE Research, Singapore Business, Dec., 2018) Contact: CBRE Research, www.cbre.com/research-and-reports

More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE Research,  Green Office,  Energy Efficiency,  


CBRE Ranks Chicago Tops in Green, Efficient Offices (Ind. Report)
CBRE Group
Date: 2018-08-29
According to a recent study from commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group Inc, for the second year running, Chicago is the greenest U.S. city to work in with about 70 pct of its office space now LEED and/or ENERGY STAR certified for environmental efficiency -- a new study shows.

up from about 66 pct in 2017. San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St. Paul followed in that order. (Source: CBRE Group Inc., Aug., 2018) Source: CBRE Group Inc., Aug., 2018) Contact: CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE Group,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


CBRE Toasts Chicago Offices as Nation's Greenest (Ind. Report)
CBRE Group
Date: 2018-08-27
Chicago is the national leader in energy efficient office buildings for the second year in a row. The Windy City gained a nearly six point spread over second-place San Francisco, marking the largest spread ever recorded in the Index, according to the 2018 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University.

The fifth annual U.S. Green Building Adoption Index by CBRE and Maastricht University analyzed green certified office space across America's 30 largest metros, and found the highest in the index's history at 41 pct of market totals. "Green" office buildings hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, USGBC LEED certification or both. According to the report, 11.5 pct of all buildings surveyed are ENERGY STAR labeled, while 5.0 pct of buildings are LEED certified, both at all-time highs for the five-year study.

According to the report, 69.8 pct of the office buildings in Chicago are market certified green and 265 buildings are green. San Francisco claimed the second spot with 64 pct of all space green certified, and Atlanta maintained the third spot with more than 58 pct. Los Angeles and Minneapolis claimed fourth and fifth place respectively.

In 2019, the city plans to implement the Chicago Energy Rating System, to make energy use information for large buildings easily accessible while encouraging additional energy savings. If all buildings with ENERGY STAR scores below 90 were to improve their scores by only 10 points to earn one additional star in the new Rating, buildings would see savings of over $70 million per year. In April 2017, the Mayor announced that by 2025 all Chicago public buildings will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. That transition means that eight percent of the city-wide electricity load or 1.8 billion KWh will come from clean and renewable sources. This follows the 2013 commitment that the City made to eliminating coal from its electricity supply. (Source: City of Chicago, PR, Prairies State Wire, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Chicago Mayor's Press Office, 312.744.3334, press@cityofchicago.org; CBRE, David Pogue, VP Global Client Care, CBRE U.S. Green Building Adoption Index, https://www.cbre.com/about/corporate-responsibility/pillars/environmental-sustainability/green%20building%20adoption%20index, www.cbre.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC LEED,  CBRE Group,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


UK Engineering Firm NG Bailey Slashes Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
NG Bailey
Date: 2018-08-24
In the UK, West Yorkshire-headquartered independent engineering IT and facilities services group, NG Bailey Group Ltd reports it has reduced its customers' carbon emissions by nearly 120,000 tonnes over the past year. The CO2e saving of more than 118,000 tonnes -- equivalent to taking around 21,000 cars off the road for 12 months -- is 22 times the company's own carbon emissions over the same period.

The carbon reduction programme is a data-driven approach to building operations and maintenance aimed at optimizing energy efficiencies for customers including CBRE and Landsec. Additionally, the group's offsite manufacturing capabilities are cutting site carbon emissions by up to 80 pct. NG Bailey's 2018 Responsibility Report notes that over the past five years the company has:

  • cut its overall net carbon footprint by 27 pct to 1.77 tCO2e per employee;
  • reduced its net office carbon footprint by 62 pct through greater energy efficiencies; lowered its travel footprint by 16 pct by embracing Skype technology, resulting in a reduction of more than 1.2 million miles;
  • generated more than 3.2m kWh of energy from biomass, and 1.2m kWh of solar power, providing almost 1,300 tonnes of carbon savings from renewable energies. (Source: NG Bailey, Facilities Management Journal, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: NG Bailey Group Ltd., +44 0 1943 601 933, www.ngbailey.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


  • Regulators Approve HECO Community Solar Plans (Ind. Report)
    HECO
    Date: 2018-07-05
    Reporting from Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are preparing to open the first phase of its Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) program next week for applications by qualified subscriber organizations wishing to build and operate a community solar facility.

    As approved, the program will provide the benefits of solar energy to residential and commercial customers without access to privately-owned rooftop solar, including many renters and apartment dwellers.

    HECO will begin accepting applications on July 11 only from any qualified company, organization, developer, or group to become a subscriber organization and propose a solar project. Once approved, residential and commercial electric customers will be able to join the subscriber organizations and participate in community solar on their island. Subscribers will receive a credit on their electric bill, based on the output of the project and their level of financial participation.

    As first proposed by Hawaiian Electric in 2015, CBRE is envisioned to expand the state's renewable energy transformation, benefit individual customers and put more solar energy to work, reducing the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation.

    The second phase of CBRE, expected in about two years, will include other renewable energy technologies beyond solar. Special provisions will be made to enroll low-to-moderate income subscribers, though subscriber organizations may enlist such customers in the first phase. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Information about eligibility and applications for subscriber organizations are at www.hawaiianelectric.com/communitysolar; www.mauielectric.com/communitysolar; (808 )543-7253 from O'ahu; (808) 969-0358 from Hawai'i Island; (808) 871-8461 x 2445 from Maui; and (877)871-8461 x 2445 from Lāna'i and Moloka'i; HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  HECO,  


    Vancouver, Toronto Green Building Leaders, says CBRE (Ind. Report)
    CBRE
    Date: 2018-05-09
    a recent study by CBRE reveals According to CBRE's inaugural International Green Building Adoption Index, the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto lead the way in terms of office real estate and green building certification. In 10 markets across Australia, Canada and Europe, 18.6 pct of space is now certified "green" as opposed to 6.4 pct in 2007.

    Vancouver (51.6%) and Toronto (51%) are the pacesetters, followed by Sydney (46.5%) and Melbourne (28.8%). London sits bottom of the list of 10, with just 8.7 pct of its office space classed as green.

    Download the CBRE International Green Building Adoption Index HERE. (Source: CBRE, Global Construction,, 8 May, 2018)Construction Global Weekly Contact: CBRE, David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


    "Green Building" Standard City Rankings Released -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Maastricht University,CBRE
    Date: 2017-07-14
    A new study conducted by CBRE in conjunction with Maastricht University, found that institutional owners of office buildings continue to seek "green building" certifications such as US GReen Building Council LEED Certification or ENERGY Star certification -- in the 30 largest U.S. markets.

    Of all the buildings surveyed, 10.3 pct have ENERGY Star labels while 4.7 pct are LEED certified.

    Chicago is at the head of the list in this year's survey of green office buildings with 66 percent of its office space having green certifications. The index shows Atlanta in third place with 55.1 pct green office buildings followed by Houston in fourth with 53.2 pct and Minneapolis/St. Paul in fifth with 50.9 pct follwed by Los Angeles, Denver, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Manhattan NYC.

    Access the 2017 National Green Building Adoption Index HERE. (Source: CBRE, Curbed Atlanta, 10 July, 2017) Contact: Maastricht University, www.maastrichtuniversity.nl; CBRE, www.cbre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  LEED Certification,  ENERGY Star,  


    Chicago Tops US Energy-Efficient Office Market (Ind. Report)
    CBRE
    Date: 2017-07-10
    According to a study from the commercial real estate services firm CBRE and Maastricht University, the Windy City has more US Green Building Council LEED Certified building spaces than any other US city. United States, To date this year, the city's LEED certified building space has jumped 6.5 pct to reach 66 pct. For the second year in a row, Chicago also had the highest percentage of buildings with LEED certification. The other cities in the top 5 for LEED and Energy Star certifications were San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.(Source: CBRE, Energy Manager, 7 July, 2017)Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; CBRE, Carmen Cortez, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    Atlanta Takes 5th in CBRE Green Building Survey (Ind. Report)
    CBRE Group
    Date: 2016-10-19
    The commercial real estate firm CBRE Inc. has rated Atlanta fifth in the development and construction of green buildings among the 30 largest U.S. markets. CGRE looked at the percentage of green, environmentally friendly and LEED-certified buildings developed in the 30 large U.S. metro areas in creating the rankings.

    Atlanta was one of only six cities to have 56.21 pct of all space certified to green building standards. The total percentage of Energy Star labels in Atlanta was 22.55 pct , which led the standings. (Source: CBRE, Atlanta Bus. Journal, 17 Oct., 2016)Contact: CBRE, Carmen Cortez, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE Group,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    City by the Bay the Nation's Greenest, says CBRE (Ind. Report)
    CBRE Group,EPA ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2016-10-17
    According to the third annual Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE Group, Inc. and Maastricht University, institutional owners of office buildings continued to pursue green building certifications in the 30 largest U.S. markets during 2015. Green certifications are now held by 11.8 pct of all surveyed buildings, representing 40.2 pct of all office space.

    "Green" office buildings in the U.S. are defined as those that hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR label, USGBC LEED certification or both.

    After placing second on the Green Building Adoption Index the two prior years, the San Francisco market now holds the top spot with 73.7 pct of its space qualified as green certified. Chicago came in second at 72.3 pct followed by Minneapolis at 60.6 pct.

    In 2014 the total sq. ft. of green office space in the top 30 markets was 39.3 pct compared to the latest rate of 40.2 percent. (Source: CBRE, PR, 12 Oct., 2016 Contact: CBRE, Christy Ingle, (949) 725-8591, christy.ingle@cbre.com, www.cbre.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; EPA ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings, www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE Group,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  EPA ENERGY STAR ,  Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

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