Office buildings account for the highest total energy consumption within the building sector. Over 70% of U.S. office buildings were built prior to 1990 and have reached the age to adapt or retrofit according to new standards. Even newer buildings offer the opportunity to realize energy savings. The office sector has large potential for energy efficiency improvements and energy savings, which presents a unique opportunity for a positive impact within the real estate community.
Integrating energy performance goals with strategies for real estate assets is a challenge for which real estate professionals must be ready. They will increasingly need to integrate new and disparate skill sets into their repertoires, to address questions such as: How does our team integrate benefits from energy efficiency investments – beyond simple cost savings – into valuations and underwriting? If energy expenses are only a small part of operating expenses, what’s the extent of their strategic value? How do we work with tenants to realize equitable distribution of savings and returns to investment? How do we bring forward the right projects in ways that are readily financeable?
This conference will address next-level energy performance, finance and retrofit strategies for real estate professionals to develop and execute in today’s market environment. Topics will focus on increasing asset value, decreasing operational costs, ensuring regulatory compliance, reducing environmental impact and repositioning assets in a challenging real estate market – within the context of energy efficiency improvements, upgrades and retrofits. Among the topics industry experts will address are:
Throughout the conference, we will be discussing pertinent issues to help participants identify ways to make energy investment decisions and communicate the surety of energy savings through retrofits and capital improvements.
This conference includes the following CEUs.
Director, CUNY Building Performance Lab
Director, Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College, CUNY
Chief Executive Officer, OnForce Solar, Inc.
Program Manager, Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs, Con Edison
Partner and Co-Founder, KGS Buildings
Associate Director – Real Estate Education Programs, The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute
Senior Manager, Smarter Buildings Research, IBM
Director of Corporate Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison