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Freddie Mac announces multifamily green building financing initiative

Freddie Mac announced earlier this month their Multifamily Green Advantage program, a suite of offerings rewarding borrowers who improve their properties to save energy and water with discounted loan pricing. Tipping the scales for financing upgrades to multifamily housing toward sustainability, this new program from Freddie Mac has the potential to unleash large amounts of capital for green building improvements. This is very good news for green building. Property owners who commit to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 15 percent ... Read more

KPMG Survey Finds CRE Investors Positive but Prudent in 2016

Investors expect 2016 to be another great year for commercial real estate, as noted in KPMG LLP‘s 2016 Real Estate Industry Outlook Survey. Succinctly put, Phil Marra, national real estate funds leader with KPMG, told Commercial Property Executive, “Respondents to our survey remain cautiously optimistic about the real estate investment environment in 2016.” KPMG queried senior executives across the industry, and on the topic of real estate fundamentals in 2016…well, there couldn’t be a more positive group. A whopping 91 percent of respondents expect ... Read more

Freddie Mac Offers New “Green Rebate”

Freddie Mac's Green Rebate offering encourages borrowers on first mortgages to use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool to assess the energy performance of their multifamily properties, as a first step in identifying opportunities for improvements. As an incentive to borrowers to make this assessment, Freddie Mac will now provide a rebate of $5,000 for new loans when the ENERGY STAR Score for the property is reported, regardless of the score achieved. All multifamily buildings with greater than 20 units are eligible ... Read more

Kansas City Requires Energy Benchmarking

The City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, passed an Energy Empowerment Ordinance addressing energy use in existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings by requiring energy benchmarking. Under the ordinance, building owners will be required to track whole-building energy and water use and report it to the city annually. Participating buildings will be phased in, starting with municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet in 2016 and expanding to include private commercial and multifamily residential buildings over 100,000 square feet in 2017. All private ... Read more

Green Leasing Strategies Examined in New Report

A new study from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) reports that green leases have the potential to save the U.S. office market $3.3 billion annually—cutting energy consumption by up to 22%. “Green leases address energy saving problems by aligning landlord and tenants incentives so that both win when the building is upgraded to be more efficient,” said Cliff Majersik, Executive Director of IMT, a nonprofit based in Washington, DC that focuses on improving energy efficiency in buildings. “This report quantifies ... Read more

Atlanta Passes Energy Benchmarking and Audit Policy for Large Commercial Buildings

The city council has unanimously passed a comprehensive energy and water efficiency policy that will reduce energy use in large buildings, drive down carbon emissions, and create more transparency in the real estate market. The ordinance contains required annual benchmarking and transparency, as well as required audits every ten years and voluntary retrocomissioning. Logistically, participating buildings will be phased into benchmarking compliance. Municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet and non-city covered buildings over 50,000 square feet will be required to submit their ... Read more

Portland, Oregon Likely to Soon Require Energy Benchmarking

The Portland City Council held a hearing last week on a new Energy Performance Reporting Policy and will make a decision whether to approve it on April 22. A spokesman for the city said, “it looks positive” that the new mandated energy reporting for commercial buildings will be approved. If so, Portland will become the 12th city in the nation to institute such a policy. In Portland’s case, the policy would replace a voluntary program for building owners to track their energy ... Read more

Philadelphia Energy Benchmarking Compliance Period Opens

Owners of large commercial buildings (greater than 50,000 square feet) can now report their 2014 energy and water usage by visiting www.phila.gov/benchmarking and clicking Get STarted.  All buildings must report by June 30, 2015. Need help?  Contact us. Philadelphia passed the Energy Conservation Ordinance in 2012.  Building Owners are required to benchmark building energy use. The Energy Conservation Ordinance passed on June 1, 2012. Non-residential buildings of more than 50,000 square feet are required to benchmark energy and water consumption through Energy Star’s Portfolio ... Read more

Philadelphia to Require Larger Apartment Buildings to Track Energy Usage

A Philadelphia law that requires that owners of large office buildings keep track of energy usage through energy benchmarking using Portfolio Manager is being expanded to include larger apartment buildings. Owners whose buildings fall under the law’s scope face fines if they don’t comply. Read the full article here. Read more

Strategies for owners and managers of multifamily apartment complexes to stop the energy waste through elevator shafts

A new report from the non profit organization Urban Green Council of New York City outlines strategies that owners and managers of multifamily apartment complexes can use to retrofit elevator shafts and stop the energy waste through the roof of their buildings. A report prepared for NYSERDA, notes that the average New York apartment building owner spends $3,400 per year to heat air that will escape through the roof, while taller buildings can waste over $20,000. Access the report Spending Through the Roof. Read more
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