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6 Steps to CRE Environmental Sustainability

Posted by Don Catalano on Mar 12, 2018

Environmental sustainability is increasingly becoming a top priority for companies, and making your company as green as possible does make good business sense. Not only do sustainable practices protect the planet, but they can also reduce costs and benefit your brand image. As a commercial real estate tenant, you may believe that you have only a limited role in sustainability; however, that's simply not the case. Here are some ways that companies that lease office space can become more sustainable.

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The Intersection of Productivity and Sustainability

Posted by Don Catalano on Sep 02, 2014

Once, commercial real estate benchmarking focused on identifying a space's productivity and its cost effectiveness. With the growth of the green movement in the CRE sector, exemplified by the popularity of LEED certification, benchmarks have changed. Today office users look at buildings on the basis of their environmental efficiency, and these commercial real estate benchmarking tools are not always directly correlated to economic efficiency.

The movement to green created quantum changes in how spaces get used. Square footages are shrinking, with the old benchmark of 225 square feet per employee being reduced by more than 50 percent to goals in the neighborhood of 100 square feet. Other changes include looking at energy efficiency as an end, instead of a means. These new focuses created cost savings and public relations benefits but ultimately harmed operations as too-green buildings hurt retention, morale and productivity.

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Topics: corporate real estate, commercial real estate, tenant tips, CRE, commercial real estate benchmarking, cre productivity, cre sustainability