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Book on ‘Green’ Renovations Published

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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The Urban Land Institute announced the publication of a book on improving the energy-efficiency and "green" performance of office buildings in renovation programs.

The institute said the book-Retrofitting Office Buildings to Be Green and Energy Efficient: Optimizing Building Performance, Tenant Satisfaction, and Financial Return-suggests strategies on achieving significant reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions through the renovation of existing buildings. The book explores innovative trends, practices, and goals in building retrofits, and provides an authoritative guide to understanding the business aspects and policy implications of energy-efficient retrofits, the organization said.

The book's author is Leanne Tobias, an expert on sustainable real-estate investment, who provides a comprehensive, international analysis of the implications and strategies behind renovating existing buildings. Tobias is founder and managing principal of Malachite LLC, a global real-estate consulting firm.  She is considered an authority on sustainable real-estate investment and development, and has delivered lectures at the United Nations; Harvard, Columbia and Wharton business schools; and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Rather than describing the practice "from the 20,000-foot level, Tobias gives readers a ground-floor perspective," the institute says, with data and case studies illustrating the importance of green-building retrofits, the collaboration of building owners and tenants, global public-policy initiatives that affect the industry, and how new technologies and materials are shaping sustainable building renovation.

In the book, Tobias stresses the big-picture impact of "green renovation" by highlighting evidence showing that existing buildings make up 98% of the building stock in developed countries, while new construction makes up only 2%. In addition, the majority of these existing buildings were constructed before green-building regulations and programs were implemented.

In case studies on the retrofits of corporate headquarters, multi-tenant buildings, and leased space, Tobias proposes that a successful green-renovation strategy must be a team effort that incorporates the owner, the tenant, as well as anyone involved with building operations.

Some of the book's highlights include the following.

  • Green-retrofit case studies from around the world, including the Empire State Building (New York, NY);  Adobe Towers (San Jose, CA); the Joseph Vance Building (Seattle, WA);  McDonald's Campus Office Building (Oakbrook, IL); One Beacon Street (Boston, MA);  Shui On Land Headquarters (Shanghai, China); and Trevor Pearcey House (Canberra, Australia)
  • The strategic steps to planning green and energy-efficient retrofits, ranging from market feasibility to lifecycle cost analysis
  • The extended-management process of green retrofitting, including consultants, contractors, building owners, building managers and operations staff, and tenants
  • An in-depth look at global public-policy initiatives and government spending intended to target green building and energy-efficient retrofits.

More information: Urban Land Institute, www.uli.org.

The Urban Land Institute is a global nonprofit education and research institute with a mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. The institute, established in 1936, has nearly 34,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

   

Tagged categories: Green building; Sustainability

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