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Sustainability & LEED! Two important reasons why it matters…

Posted on: January 19th, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

…that you may not be thinking about.sustainability and LEED

The phrase “it’s the right thing to do”, is often code for “don’t want to do it, but we should, because people like it – it’s the right thing”. If that’s your synopsis of the reasons for “sustainability” initiatives as a property manager, it’s time to think again. Here are two powerful motivations, explained by Roger Platt of USGBCthe issuers of LEED certification.

1. Investors require it.

When real money gets invested in a concept, there’s a good chance the concept is real too. So when real estate investors start requiring “green” buildings that brings real credibility to the importance of “being green”. In this article, Roger Platt gives some background to this critical reason for staying focused on the sustainability initiatives you are undertaking with your properties: investors are requiring it!  Here’s the post >>>

2. Lenders value it.

So buyers/investors want green and sustainable properties, but it doesn’t stop with them. Those who lend money are also seeking “green” properties, because they too know that the market value of “green” buildings is strong. If buyers want them, they’ll have a better chance of selling or retaining value… so lenders value green buildings too. Here’s the other side of the “investors require it” coin. Read the article here >>>>>

eWater Advantage plays a vital roll in the drive for property sustainability in practical ways that make financial sense. The system can significantly reduce costs while providing a safer environment for your workers and customers, and it contributes towards LEED points. Ozone ewater is a rare example of when the right thing to do is also the economically smart thing to do.

 

Harvard sustainability sets a LEED record

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by mark bauer No Comments

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Congratulations to Harvard sustainability program for a truly significant accomplishment.

This fall Harvard reached a major milestone in its commitment to sustainability with its 100th LEED certified space — the Platinum-level renovation of Esteves Hall at the Business School. Harvard now has more certified building projects than any other higher education institution in the world, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

To achieve LEED certification (Platinum and Gold are the two highest rankings), projects must meet a set of prerequisites and earn points in areas such as energy, alternative transportation options, indoor environmental quality, and water efficiency.

“The certification of Harvard’s 100th LEED building is very impressive and meaningful,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founder of USGBC. “As a pre-eminent leader in higher education, research, and the development of the leaders of tomorrow, Harvard is a proving ground for new ideas. The fact that the institution pursues and embraces LEED demonstrates their commitment to sustainability in all of their endeavors.”

Combining engineered water technology to replace conventional cleaning chemicals with a green cleaning plan, two additional LEED points can be earned. eWater salutes the accomplishments of Harvard in achieving an outstanding result.

SUSTAINABILITY and Climate Change meets engineered water.

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by mark bauer No Comments

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Sustainability and climate change initiatives. Look what matters — water, waste, workplace safety, environmental impact.

The general principle of OSHA is simple – if there is a safer way to do a job, choose the safer way. If there is a safer chemical product that will do the job, choose the safer product. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? A simple rule that has its own impact on sustainability and climate change, depending on the products chosen.

Recently, the American Cleaning Institute (an association for the manufacturers of chemical cleaning products) released their Sustainability Report 2015. In it, they identified the main areas of consideration for evaluating sustainability factors. Those categories are:

> Materials – Safety of chemical ingredients; raw material sourcing and scarcity
> Disclosure & Transparency – Public disclosure of information related to sustainability, governance, and products
> Climate Change / Greenhouse Gases Climate risks and opportunities; emissions of greenhouse gases
> Ecological Impacts Biodiversity; deforestation; environmental management; responsible agricultural practices
> Water – Water use, waste water treatment, and water recycling
> Workplace Health & Safety – Health and safety management; health and wellness training programs
> Waste  – Hazardous and non-hazardous waste; management of product end-of-life
> Energy – Energy use; renewable energy
> Supply Chain Management – Screening business partners on ethics and sustainability issues
> Compliance – Compliance with environmental, health, and safety regulations

Think about everything that has to go into making a chemical product – the raw material ingredients and how those are produced or harvested. Think about manufacturing the chemical in bulk, packaging and shipping it – the packaging materials, cardboard and plastics, and at 8+ pounds per gallon, all the fuel to move it. Think about the importance of evaluating the potential impact of a cleaning product ingredient and the interplay of multiple ingredients being combined. Think about all the regulations and expectations of environmental and human health safety. Think about the challenge of working with concentrates that have to be handled by custodial workers

Now think about this. Engineered water (ewater) is made on-site by each customer. That means shipping of chemicals is eliminated – no packaging waste, no containers in landfills. Ewater has no special chemical ingredients added to it – nothing to mix, nothing to impact human or environmental health. NO residue washed down drains, no VOC’s into the air. Ewater is made ready-to-use – no concentrates to handle. Engineered water technology temporarily changes the nature of the water with the use of electricity, and without the use of chemical additives.

If sustainability and climate change impact is truly a goal of your organization, recognize the full impact of switching from traditional, chemical-additive cleaning products to the simple elegance of engineered water. It solves a lot of problems and saves a lot of sustainability and climate change analysis.

SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS FROM STYROFOAM TO SOLAR PANELS

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by mark bauer No Comments

SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS

SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS.

A couple of years ago McDonald’s phased out serving coffee in styrofoam cups. I remember decades ago when my Big Mac stopped being served in the pale brown foam clam-shell. What began as “green” actions back then – ditching Styrofoam that didn’t decompose in landfills – has expanded to sustainability initiatives that address energy use, carbon production and the broader implications of living on a healthy planet.

What doesn’t get the media attention of “styrofoam reduction”, and therefore goes unseen by the public at large, are the sincere and serious efforts being made by businesses in the commercial building space for the sake of sustainability. Check out these examples from three incredible companies you’ve likely never heard of.

Prologis. Heard of them?  They operate over 3,100 industrial properties around the world. That amounts to some 670 million square feet of space, providing logistics for better known companies like Amazon, L’Oreal and Wal-Mart.   According to the 2014 Sustainability Report, Prologis has seen major successes like certification of 43 million square feet of sustainable properties and 400 million kilowatt hours of energy savings from energy-efficient lighting and solar panel production. That’s enough energy to power over 40,000 homes.

Hines. Heard of them? An experienced developer of more than 273 million square feet of top-flight commercial office space in 19 countries. Of their 875 properties, half of them have achieved green building certifications such as LEED and Energy Star! This reflects serious commitment to minimal energy use, greenhouse gas reduction and responsible facility maintenance.

Kane Realty. Heard of them? A leader in mixed-use developments blending office, retail and residential in dynamic settings. Take the North Hills development in Raleigh, NC, where Kane Realty initiatives have made an example of making sustainability a priority in practical ways. For example: Emissions-free, electric G.E.M. vehicles to shuttle shoppers, electric vehicle charging stations, solar energy production with nifty online displays and the use of engineered water technologies.

So while well-known companies like McDonald’s receive press for laudable decisions like phasing out non-biodegradable packaging, here’s to recognizing all the companies like Prologis, Hines and Kane who are quietly making huge contributions to sustainability in ways that are seldom recognized.

And so the sustainability trends go.

LEED Certification – Hines Earns Highest

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by mark bauer No Comments

LEED certification.

Sustainability is becoming one of the most important aspects of our lives, and rightly so. The construction and property management industries are throwing their weight headlong towards the goal of environmental protection; it’s an exciting thing to witness.

One international real estate firm, Hines, is leading the way with environmental stewardship. Earlier this month on October 14th, one of Hines’ properties was awarded the highest LEED Certification.

Hines LEED certificationAccording to Hine’s recent press release, “[In order} to elevate the 31-year old building from Gold to Platinum, the staff at 300 Capitol Mall undertook numerous sustainability measures, including: participating in Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Automated Demand Response program; reducing electrical consumption through expanded use of building lighting controls; reducing water usage via weather-based irrigation control system; improving indoor air quality through a comprehensive green cleaning program; and offering Hines’ GREEN OFFICE for Tenants program, designed to enhance tenant space.”

The property in Sacramento California has been vastly improved from a sustainability perspective.

Hines Senior Property Manager Lisa Fitzgerald said, “The team and tenants at 300 Capitol Mall place a high priority on sustainability and continue to collaborate to vastly improve operating efficiency and position this asset from Gold to Platinum LEED certification.”

Hines is making strides in their mission to help protect the earth, and we here at eWater Advantage applaud that. One step at a time, companies like Hines are making the world a greener place.

eWater Advantage is also used in the “greening” of buildings around the world to achieve LEED® status. Find out today how we can help you achieve LEED® Platinum Certification.

 

Read the full press release here: http://www.hines.com/press/releases/10142015.aspx