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‘Tenant Star’ Label Would Engage Tenants On Energy Savings, Rewards
Randyl Drummer / CoStar / July 31, 2013
Proposed Program Would Bridge Engagement Gap Between Building Owners and Occupiers In Sustainability Efforts
While it stands to reason that tenants account for most of the energy use in office buildings, most current sustainability and green building practices, incentives and certifications are primarily geared toward building owners, property managers and developers.
Such programs as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program and the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s s Leadership in Environmental Efficiency and Design (LEED) have scored major successes in achieving energy savings, improving building marketability and studies have shown, enhancing the value of investments.
However, engaging tenants more deeply in sustainability programs has long been a primary goal for green building and energy efficiency proponents.
Recent legislation introduced in both the House and Senate aims to link the interests of tenants with building owners. U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced a bipartisan bill seeking to increase energy efficiency in commercial buildings by encouraging tenants to voluntarily implement measures to reduce energy consumption and utility costs.
The Better Building Act (S. 1191), creates a new “Tenant Star” certification modeled after the successful Energy Star program that would certify and recognize tenants that operate energy efficient leased spaces.