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Hawaiian Electric Expanding Community Solar Program (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2020-04-24
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-based Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports it is expanding its Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE)-- Community Solar program, based on recent approvals by the Hawai'i PUC.

Unlike the first phase of the CBRE program which was limited to 8MW, this phase will be open to 235 MW of renewable generation across Hawaiian Electric's five-island service territory. The community solar second phase places special emphasis on opportunities for low-and-middle income residential customers to participate. In addition to private companies, Hawaiian Electric will be able to develop projects and recruit subscribers.

Although CBRE is open to any established renewable energy technology, community solar allows single-family homes, renters and apartment residents, and small commercial customers to participate. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 23 April, 2020) Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric,  Community Solar,  Solar,  

Pioneering EEaaS Providers, Navigator Touted (Ind. Report)
CBRE, General Electric,Johnson Controls
Date: 2020-02-03
Nasdaq is reporting Johnson Controls, commercial real estate services provider CBRE, and industrial conglomerate General Electric Company have made investments in companies that provide Energy Efficiency as a Service (EEaaS) and perform energy efficiency upgrades under long-term contracts with private and public sector building owners.

As defined by the US DOE, EEaaS is a pay-for-performance, off-balance-sheet type of finance structure that enables customers to implement energy and water efficiency projects with no up-front capital expenditure. The provider of the upgrades pays for project development, construction, and maintenance costs while the customer -- building owner -- makes service payments based on actual energy savings on a long-term basis.

Access the Better Buildings Financing Navigator HERE. (Source: Various Media, Nsadaq News, 31 Jan., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  General Electric,  CBRE,  Johnson Controls,  

Chicago Ranked Tops in Green Office Space (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-11-08
According to the 2019 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc., Maastricht University and the University of Guelph, Chicago is the nation's leader in energy-efficient office buildings for the third year in a row. The city added a near 2 pct gain over 2018, outranking San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Los Angeles.

The index analyzed green-certified office space across America's 30 largest office markets and found the highest in the index's history at 42.2 pct -- up from 41.9 pct from 2018. According to the report, 71.1 pct of Chicago's office buildings are market-certified green and hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, USGBC LEED certification, or both.

(Source: CBRE, Lawndale News, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: CBRE, National Green Building Adoption Index building adoption index; CBRE,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  CGRE,  

Actiu HQ Awarded WELL v2, LEED Platinum Cert. (Int'l. Report)
USGBC,Well Building
Date: 2019-10-16
Castalla (Alicante), Spain-headquartered furniture design and manufacturer Actiu reports it has become the fifth office complex in the world to receive the Well v2 Platinum certification and the first in the world to hold both WELL v2 Platinum and US Green Building Council LEED Platinum.

The WELL v2 Platinum Certification, granted by the Well Building Institute (IWBI) and audited at Actiu by CBRE, accredits, through a rating system for buildings and communities, to what extent these spaces have been built to ensure the health and well-being of its occupants.

This accreditation, together with the one achieved in 2017 when the company's headquarters in Castalla consolidated its LEED Platinum Certification (before that, LEED Gold in 2011) due to its Technology Park's sustainable architecture, has made it the first industry in the world to gain these two international awards. (Source: Actiu, infurma, International Habitat News, Oct., 2019) Contact: Actiu, +34 966 560 670; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; International WELL Building Institute, +646.883.5001, +646.607.1058,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Platinum,  Well Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

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,; CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515,; World Resources Institute,; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,

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

Singapore Fifth in Green Office Space Certifications (Int'l)
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,

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,

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,; CBRE, David Pogue, VP Global Client Care, CBRE U.S. Green Building Adoption Index,,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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,

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

  • Regulators Approve HECO Community Solar Plans (Ind. Report)
    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;; (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,,

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

    Vancouver, Toronto Green Building Leaders, says CBRE (Ind. Report)
    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,

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

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