Quick Takeaways

  • Adaptive reuse can cut down on carbon emissions
  • Software can assess the value of old foundations, concrete and other building materials
  • Some buildings in Europe are built as future material banks

Source: To Make a Greener Building, Start with an Old One (Wired, Jun. 8, 2023)

Green leases (also known as aligned leases, high performance leases, or energy efficient leases) align the financial and energy incentives of building owners and tenants so they can work together to save money, conserve resources, and ensure the efficient operation of buildings. Energy and environmental performance are emerging as key benchmarks in how commercial real estate buildings are judged and priced in today's market. According to a recent survey, 88% of corporate and developer respondents expect to own, manage or lease some green properties five years from now.

Increase your knowledge with NAR’s Green Designation. The Green Designation helps you become an expert on green buildings and green property management. Covid and environmental awareness has driven the need for green buildings and green property management. 

Green leases document for tenants, landlords and owners the steps taken to make a property more energy efficient, utility usage and show how tenants can improve their energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency encompasses both heating and cooling.  The type of windows in your building also plays a part in energy efficiency. A regenerative building is the ultimate green building by returning resources to the environment through biomimicry and energy efficiency.

NAR has curated a list of websites, journals and certifications to assist you in greening your building.

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