On September 29, 2011, the Appraisal Institute issued a Green/Energy Efficiency Addendum to its standard Fannie Mae Form 1004. The form has sections for including energy efficient appliances, water savings, energy audit results, energy bills and more. It can be downloaded
Making buildings and our lifestyles more energy efficient is one of the best ways to reduce emissions because it can be done now. As we move towards alternative energy, some companies are also working on ways to cut down the amount of energy we use, and to create energy-efficient products.
Most developers view electricity and other utility costs as a liability, a cost of doing business in real estate. This does not have to be the case. In fact, there has been no better time to use energy management and on-site electricity generation as opportunities not only to reduce operating costs,
So you consider yourself a fairly ‘green’ person. You may install compact fluorescent light bulbs, monitor your water use, unplug unused household appliances, recycle what you can and even use public transportation or ride a bike to work. Whatever your action of choice, you’re doing your part to reduce
Dow Chemical recently announced their green investments have saved 1.8 quadrillion British Thermal Units of energy since 1994. Although they spent nearly $2 billion to achieve these savings, they have cut nearly $9 billion in energy costs from their balance sheet for a whopping $7 billion return on investment.
The purpose of the new “Building Energy Performance Standard for a Building in a Real Estate Transaction” (BEPA) is to define a commercially useful practice for conducting an energy assessment on a building involved in a commercial real estate transaction and subsequent reporting of the building energy performance information.
Solar energy is the most renewable and cleanest type of energy. It is captured through panels that produce electricity or heat.
For those thinking of installing a solar power system on their roof, there are several factors to consider to make the most of it.
On February 1, 2011 the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco passed an ordinance amending the San Francisco Environment Code to adopt the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, requiring owners of non-residential buildings to conduct Energy Efficiency Audits of their
Searching the internet is an essential part of daily life, but are you aware of how much energy you’re using every time you surf?
We are experiencing the peak of the information age, and thanks to wireless internet technologies, it’s happening in a less resource intensive way. Instead of printed books we have eBooks, and
In the latest installment of green energy finance, I will address government incentives and other programs. I will also highlight some factors that may make green incentives go from rare bird to endangered species.
As always, I am not a finance professional, and the goal of these posts is simply to give a high-level overview of government
When businesses consider strategies to increase energy efficiency, they look for the sweet spots where actions that shrink their company’s energy use also lead to boosting the bottom line. The key is to find upgrades and retrofits that will achieve a quick payback by lowering energy costs,
As restaurateurs struggle to keep their business afloat with fewer customers, some are turning to greening as a way to stand out from competitors, from serving local foods to making deliveries in hybrid electric vehicles. When greening includes energy-saving strategies, the benefits can increase profits in addition to helping the environment.
Find home and building energy envelope leaks with infrared cameras by doing it yourself, hiring a professional – or becoming one!
Look as hard as you like, but you can’t readily see if inadequacies hidden in and around walls, ceilings, windows, doors and air ducts are wasting energy, keeping