Looking to achieve 100% occupancy in your building? Attract more tenants with energy efficiency
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Here on the Enerliance blog, we spend a good deal of time speaking to commercial building owners and portfolio managers about the financial benefits of central system upgrades and retrofits such as our LOBOS HVAC efficiency application. We talk about HVAC energy reductions of 30 percent or more; we talk about the millions of dollars and kilowatt-hours that LOBOS is saving our clients, and the various utility incentive programs that can fund building improvements and feasibility studies.
While the energy savings that LOBOS delivers is a key driver of upgrade projects, our clients have made it clear that nothing is more important than tenant comfort. This is why we have carefully designed LOBOS to optimize a building’s existing BAS to maintain comfort conditions in the most energy-efficient manner possible. The LOBOS Energy Efficiency (EE) application dramatically reduces day-to-day energy consumption while maximizing comfort. The LOBOS Automatic Demand Response (DR) module minimizes the impact to comfort during utility-initiated DR events. And this is crucial, because during the periods of excessive demand that threaten power grid stability, DR events can result in significant power curtailment.
But as the national and global conversations regarding climate change get louder and more insistent, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also address the competitive advantage that comes with operating a high performance building. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), through its High Performance Tenant Demonstration Project, asserts that high performance buildings attract and retain high quality tenants, and more and more, tenants are evaluating lease space based on the energy efficiency and the degree to which the owner and manager support tenant-level efficiency improvements. The NRDC offers a downloadable fact sheet/lease guide for tenants looking to lease space in an efficient building, which offers tips on selecting a leasing agent educated in building efficiency and a list of “energy performance measures,” including HVAC optimization and other state-of-the-art solutions.
In addition to efforts by the NRDC, the United States government is also encouraging a higher level of tenant participation in the greening of commercial spaces. In April, the Tenant Star Law was passed with wide bipartisan support which, according to a press release by the Real Estate Roundtable, will “provide national branding recognition to landlord and tenant teams who design, construct and operate highly energy efficient leased spaces in commercial buildings” and “will be the first government-endorsed label in the United States to recognize leased spaces within commercial buildings for sustainable design and operation.”
Programs and measures such as these indicate that, when it comes to attracting and retaining high quality tenants, building owners and portfolio managers who make efficiency implementation a priority now will enjoy an increasing advantage over those who wait.
If your building is 200,000 square feet or greater, LOBOS can help you achieve the high level of HVAC efficiency your tenants expect. To get an idea of what LOBOS can do, check out our efficiency calculator. Just click on the link and scroll down to the bottom of the page, and let’s start saving together!
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