“It turns from a building into a robot, what’s fun about that?”

“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

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[…]

For a breath of fresh air this winter, focus on the 90%

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

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[…]

The R-22 refrigerant phase-out is imminent. . . . What is your exposure?

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 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[…]

Are you hoarding data? The cost of inaction

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,[…]

breea in CIRE Magazine; Adding value during the due diligence process

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[…]

How does your building stack up? Follow your senses to significant energy savings

How does your building stack up? Follow your senses to significant energy savings This is the third in a three part series on strategies to close the operational performance gap; the 10-30% savings that can be achieved in low- and high-performing buildings by enhancing the synergies of existing building systems. In our first post, we discussed[…]

Positioning properties for purchase; Three strategies to enhance value & marketing efforts

Positioning properties for purchase; Three strategies to enhance value & marketing efforts This is the second in a three part series on strategies to close the operational performance gap; the 10-30% savings that can be achieved in low- and high-performing buildings by enhancing the synergies of existing building systems. When positioning properties for purchase, funding for[…]

Blurring the lines. . . Building collaborative property team relationships

Blurring the lines; Building collaborative property team relationships This is the first in a three part series on strategies to close the operational performance gap; the 10-30% savings that can be achieved by enhancing the synergies of existing building systems. In our team’s experience, high performing buildings typically have one thing in common; a strong collaborative relationship between[…]