Green Building Solutions
Just about every month, a glitzy tower rises somewhere in the USA, boasting the latest in “green” design and technology. To many people, that is an encouraging trend, especially when considering that commercial buildings account for more than 60 percent of US electricity consumption, according to government estimates, and generate 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.
Yet these buildings represent a small fraction of the USA’s estimated 4.5 million commercial properties, many of which were erected decades ago before sustainable, or green, designs became de rigueur. This vast stock of older buildings presents a much bigger opportunity to cut down on energy consumption and carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.
The real estate industry has recently begun to turn its attention to “greening” existing buildings. The United States Green Building Council, whose Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) program has become the de facto standard for sustainable building, has guidelines that address older buildings. Called LEED for Existing Buildings, or LEED-EB, the program provides a laundry list of steps that building owners and managers can take to operate and manage their properties more efficiently.
Like the certification program for new buildings, the program for existing buildings assigns points for various steps, including efforts in recycling, water and energy efficiency and air quality. There are four levels of certification, from basic to platinum, which is awarded to the highest-scoring buildings.
Green Building Certification
GRS Group helps you obtain ENERGY STAR® labeling and LEED® Green Building Certification in existing buildings.
ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. It helps business develop a strategic approach to energy management. That approach includes measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings and rewarding improvements.
Quickly navigate through the performance rating process to obtain an ENERGY STAR® rating with help from GRS Group. We collect and analyze your facility’s data and recommend and implement efficiency improvements wherever it is cost effective. The ENERGY STAR® level represents your organizations commitment to increased energy efficiency. A minimum ENERGY STAR® rating of 75 or above can receive the prestigious ENERGY STAR® label.
The LEED® Green Building Rating System is a voluntary standard. Whether you are seasoned in green operations or just getting started, GRS Group can help you obtain LEED certification for your facility.
- Improve energy efficiency
- Benchmark energy performance through the ENERGY STAR® rating system
- Implement measurements, metering and reporting capabilities
- Evaluate and implement renewable energy strategies
- Sale and Rent comp analysis
- Key issues impacting marketability
- Cash flow projections
- Immediate needs assessment