We build sustainability strategy into operations to improve how existing building systems are operated, capital projects are executed, and recognition is ultimately achieved and communicated to stakeholders.
The transfer of ownership provides a valuable opportunity to dial-in your operations and identify risks and low-cost opportunities that provide value across all stages of the ownership cycle.
Our goals are simple; minimize the burden on your team, keep certification costs low, improve building performance to offset or cover certification costs, and achieve targeted certification levels.
Breea is an operations and sustainability advisory company focused on strategically improving the financial performance of sophisticated real estate portfolios. We build sustainability strategy into operations to improve how existing building systems are operated and facility supplies and services are procured.
Our unique approach enables low- and high-performing buildings to reach their operating potential with minimal capital by closing the operational performance gap; the 10-30% savings that can be achieved by strategically reducing utility, capital, and procurement costs.
Strategy Intensive, Not Capital
Reduce Operational Waste
Focus on the business case
Manage Known & Hidden Risks
Recent changes to LEED O+M certification; What you need to know In 2015, the USGBC began its shift to a performance-based platform for LEED Operations & Maintenance (O+M) certifications. Formerly known as LEED Dynamic Plaque and Performance Score, this certification pathway is now officially called “LEED v4.1.” Since its launch last year, the USGBC has[…]
The ENERGY STAR beat; EPA shutdown, certifications, and benchmarking mandates With the longest government shutdown in U.S. history behind us, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is back online and most city/state benchmarking mandates are back on schedule. However, ENERGY STAR certifications are still on hold as the EPA continues to evaluate their scoring models. ENERGY STAR certifications[…]
On the Sustainability Journey, You Have to Tell Your Story Google the term “sustainability” and you’ll quickly realize its broadness. Hone your search in on “sustainability in real estate” and you’ll see that one definition simply doesn’t exist. To some it means saving energy and water, while others look immediately for a public-facing sustainability report[…]
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Why the upcoming ENERGY STAR score changes are good for your organization On August 26th, the ENERGY STAR scores for most building types will drop. This is part of EPA’s regular cycle of updating ENERGY STAR performance metrics to reflect changing market conditions. The scores for office buildings, schools, and retail properties will see the[…]
A game changer; the USGBC goes all-in on performance It started in 2015 with the launch of the Performance Score pathway for LEED certification. With the recent release of LEED v4.1 beta, Performance Score will now become the foundation of USGBC’s flagship O+M rating system for existing buildings. Performance Score (formerly LEED Dynamic Plaque) is an annual[…]
“It turns from a building into a robot, what’s fun about that?” – Big, 1988 Good question, Josh (Tom). The market is flooded with new smart technologies that can automate the whole occupant experience, from predictive elevator dispatching to precise temperature control. These technologies can save you time, money, and improve tenant comfort. Before you[…]
The sustainability playbook for leading convention centers Leading convention centers across the country are leveraging their sustainability programs to strengthen their brand and improve financial performance. While each sustainability program is unique, they tend to follow a similar playbook. In working with leading convention centers across the country, we have identified the following key components of[…]
Avoiding the Yugo of capital projects The Yugo is known to be one of the worst cars ever made. In 1985, the Yugo arrived in the U.S. with a splash as the only sub $4,000 new car on the market. Almost immediately, owners started complaining of engine failures, jammed gear boxes, and their cars literally[…]
For a breath of fresh air this winter, focus on the 90% This winter, many of us will be breathing stale indoor air with unhealthy levels of pollutants. The air we breathe can have a profound effect on our health, mood, and productivity. Ventilation, or bringing fresh outside air indoors, is a leading strategy for[…]
The trojan horse on your balance sheet Just north of the White House, drinking water is still flowing through pipes that were installed before the Civil War. In DC and many other cities across the country with aging infrastructure, water main breaks are a daily phenomenon. The bill to repair and upgrade our country’s long-neglected[…]
Convention centers and LEED Performance Score; A perfect union The LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) rating system was originally designed for office buildings, not convention centers. The unique operating conditions of convention centers create a long trail of LEED EB paperwork that pulls your team away from their core mission. LEED Performance Score streamlines the[…]
Key Takeaways from the 2017 Green Venue Report The 2017 Green Venue Report included data from 66 convention and exhibition centers across 16 countries. The report compares green venue performance and highlights sustainability trends across a wide range of areas, from energy efficiency to food & beverage. Here are some key takeaways. Green certifications are[…]
Are you leaving NOI on the table as your portfolio grows? As we begin the ninth consecutive year of economic growth in the U.S., real estate market fundamentals remain strong and many portfolios are experiencing rapid growth. With growth comes new acquisitions and the controlled chaos of sorting out everything from financing to re-branding in 30-60 days.[…]
Multifamily green financing; A stronger business case leads to a banner year This past year was a game changer for the multifamily green financing market. Fannie Mae and HUD significantly increased financing discounts for their existing programs, while Freddie Mac entered the market with a splash. By the end of 2016, the agencies had funded[…]
The R-22 refrigerant phase-out is imminent. . . . What is your exposure? R-22 is a common HCFC refrigerant used in rooftop and split-system AC units manufactured before 2010. The cost of R-22 has more than doubled in the last three years to ~$700/container and will continue to increase as the phase-out further restricts supplies.[…]
500 buildings later; A recap of the 10 greatest strategies to improve operations and invest in efficiency
500 buildings later; A recap of the 10 greatest strategies to improve operations and invest in efficiency Reaching the 500-building milestone, our team of operational advisors paused this week to look back at the opportunities we identified over our careers, trends, and where our clients found the greatest returns. While equipment upgrades made the list, the[…]
You don’t get what you don’t ask for. . . . You have just revised your annual budget for the third time and are looking for opportunities to further reduce expenses. From purchasing replacement bulbs to landscape maintenance, a large portion of your operating budget is likely tied up in purchasing products and services. Rethinking[…]
Nothing good happens after midnight We have all received an early morning call from a tenant when their space is too hot or cold because the HVAC system fails to turn on. How many calls have you received from tenants to let you know that their space is a comfortable 72°F on a building holiday? Water[…]
Are you hoarding data? The cost of inaction Big data has flooded the commercial real estate industry. From market analytics to the growing list of energy platforms, we are overloaded with data. Capturing and visualizing the data is only the first step. With few exceptions, data requires action to leverage its value. As you read this,[…]
Market trends; Leverage new & established sustainability programs for market differentiation Successful real estate owners and managers typically leverage one or many nationally recognized sustainability programs for market differentiation, improving the financial performance of their properties, and for engaging investors, tenants, and other stakeholders. While not exhaustive, the list below compares the most prevalent sustainability programs in the[…]
Stay ahead of the curve; Proven budget season strategies With budget season looming, now is a great time to get organized and develop a strategy that is responsive to your tenant needs and the financial goals of ownership. In working with hundreds of property teams across the country, we have identified the following common strategies that[…]
breea in CIRE Magazine; Adding value during the due diligence process An article published in the March/April 2016 issue of Commercial Real Estate Investment magazine. The due diligence process focuses on identifying building deficiencies and managing financial risk. A typical property condition assessment uncovers these deficiencies and includes capital reserves for building repairs and upgrades[…]
LEED certification: The business case for LEED Performance Score Launched in 2015, LEED Performance Score is a cost-effective alternative to traditional LEED for Existing Buildings; Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) (re)certification that provides the same outcome of LEED certification with 25-50% lower costs. LEED Performance Score is a performance-based rating system that generates a real-time score based on five categories; Energy, Water,[…]