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on 15-Jun-10 14:20.
In the first half of 2010 GSMI presented two conferences in San Diego. As a result of their tremendous success, GSMI is proud to continue offering updated versions of GDCcon – The Green Data Center Conference & Exhibition will be expanding east beginning in October. Conference cities will include New York (targeting the financial services sector), Atlanta and its first international location, Amsterdam. San Diego, and the three new venues will provide attendees an ideal chance to network at an executive level.
on 11-Jun-10 08:19.
The Green Lease has a pivotal role in sustainable buildings. Not only from an economic perspective (either favoring landlord, tenant or both), but also for continuing compliance with USGBC’s LEED rating and/or any other certifying body requirements. Furthermore, with the advent of local municipal requirements for property owners to benchmark, meter, monitor and reduce energy and potable water consumption, landlord’s face potential fines and other penalties if the requirements are not met. But absent the local law requirements, it is interesting to note which party directs the greening and why, whether it be the tenant or the landlord. Negotiation postures differ depending upon the nature of the transaction (new lease or renewal), size of tenant (large or not large), green or not green (tenant or landlord) and how a mix of the above may determine the “green” effect taken on by a property and maintained by same.
on 22-Apr-10 03:33.
February 12, 2010 San Diego, CA: Global Strategic Management Institute (GSMI) is pleased to announce the East Coast counterpart to its Sustainable Building Series: The Sustainable Building Series: Retrofits (NYC), scheduled for May 10-12 at the Embassy Suites in New York City as part of its Green Educational Forums.
After the remarkable success of its first installment in San Francisco in 2009, GSMI wasted no time in responding to requests from many attendees at that event for the next installment. The Sustainable Buildings Series East: Retrofits is a comprehensive program that incorporates the newest techniques, solutions and developments in this industry.
This years highlights include: a dedicated track specifically for the needs of municipalities on May 12th and the inclusion of the more intimate and informative Facilitated Breakfast Chats where owners, managers, and officials can share stories and learn how their industry colleagues are approaching retrofitting and renovations on a wide range of pre-set topics, each of which will be facilitated by an industry expert.
on 22-Apr-10 02:25.
Just days after the White House outlined its strategy for bolstering the home energy retrofit market, a new report from research and publishing firm McGraw-Hill Construction predicts the market for nonresidential green building retrofits is set to soar and represents a better opportunity for designers and builders than new construction. The market for such retrofit projects, which include activities like installing energy-saving lighting, mechanical and electrical systems, will grow to $10.1 billion-$15.1 billion by 2014 from just $2.1 billion-$3.7 billion this year, according to the report. Put another way, green buildings will comprise a 20-30 percent share of the U.S. retrofit and renovation market in five years, up from its 5-9 percent stake today.
The rising interest in green retrofits represents a "tremendous market opportunity for green builders, owners and building product manufacturers," according to the report, which considered projects that would be over $1 million in total costs. The study concludes that the greatest opportunity for green design and construction activity lies not in constructing new green buildings, but in engaging in the retrofit and renovation of existing ones.
A project is considered "green" in this report if it employs multiple practices, products and processes covering a minimum of three out of five aspects of green building - energy, water or resource efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality and responsible site management. The sectors with the largest green retrofit opportunity are education and office, representing about 50 percent of all retrofit activity, with the biggest growth expected in retail.
on 22-Apr-10 02:24.
Washington, D.C. - (July 29, 2009) - Investing in the energy efficiency of buildings represents a powerful
and strategic energy and climate solution that combined with other non-transportation initiatives could reduce the nation's energy consumption by 23 percent by 2020, save the U.S. economy $1.2 trillion, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 gigatons annually, according to a study released today by McKinsey & Company.
"This confirms a critical path forward that we have long championed. Harnessing the engine of green, energy efficient buildings can cost-effectively drive tremendous improvements in our economy and environment," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chairman of USGBC. "Green building can stimulate the economy at a level one and a half times larger than the federal stimulus bill. In terms of climate change, a commitment to energy efficiency would be the equivalent to taking the entire U.S. fleet of passenger cars and light trucks - more than 200 million vehicles - off the road."
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