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2013

Underwriting Energy Efficiency Financing in the Innovative Connecticut PACE Program 
January 2013 - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) tax lien financing programs allow local governments, when authorized by state law, to fund energy efficiency improvements on commercial and industrial properties via an additional assessment (“benefit assessment”) on the property tax billRead more.
Authors:
Anthony J. Buonicore, P.E., BCEE , QEP, Managing Director, Buonicore Partners
Jessica Bailey, Director Connecticut PACE
Kerry E. O'Neill, Senior Advisor, Clean Energy Finance Center


2012

Key Steps to Monetizing Building Portfolio Energy Savings Opportunities
July 2012 -
Institutional investors are keenly aware of the advantages and cost saving implications associated with energy efficiency improvements to properties in their portfolios.This paper introduces a more cost effective alternative to screen properties across a portfolio in a technically sound and consistent manner leading to a compelling investment strategy that maximizes financial benefit.
Author: Anthony J. Buonicore, P.E., BCEE , QEP


Energy Efficiency Retrofit Financing Options for the Commercial Real Estate Market
February 2012 - For several years, it has become increasingly evident to stakeholders in commercial real estate (CRE) that building energy performance can impact property value.
Author: Anthony J. Buonicore, P.E., BCEE , QEP
 

December 2011 - The commercial real estate industry is becoming increasingly aware of how building energy efficiency trends can impact the value of property.
Author:  Anthony J. Buonicore, P.E., BCEE, QED and Christopher  F. Halpin, P.E., CMVP, CEM, LEED AP
 
November 2011 - This paper is focused on how emerging energy savings insurance (ESI) policies can reduce the risk of underperformance from energy efficiency retrofits in commercial buildings.  It also describes how the ASTM Building Energy Performance Assessment Standard methodology can be coupled with ESI to simplify the energy retrofit financing process. 
Author:  Anthony J. Buonicore, P.E.


Using the New BEPA Standard in Energy Auditing and ECM Performance Evaluation:
September 2011 - Commercial buildings in the U.S. spend more than $100 billion per year on energy, according to EPA, or approximately $2-$3 per square foot, representing approximately one-third of a building's controllable operating expenses.  There are approximately 4.8 million commercial buildings in the U.S., and more than 40% are greater than 30 years old. 
Read more: Certified AEE professionals, energy audit professionals and on site owners and managers of CRE will find this paper a reference source...


Using the New ASTM BEPA Standard in the Property Transaction Market
July 2011 - A property transaction involves many players including a seller, a buyer,
a lender, an attorney and a number of due diligence consulting service
providers. Driven in part by regulatory requirements, the ASTM E2797-11
BEPA Standard is emerging as a useful tool for buyers, sellers, attorneys
and lenders involved in commercial real estate transactions.
Author:  Anthony J. Buonicore P.E.


Incorporating Energy Efficiency into Commercial Building

May 2011 -
BEPAnews Editor’s Note: The full DRAFT study provides a section of particular interest to our readers that was based on interviews with various players in the CRE green building market. BEPAnews has extracted that portion of the study for this interim report.

New ASTM Standard May Serve as Safe Harbor for Emerging Building Energy Labeling, Transactional Disclosure and Benchmarking Regulations
Authors: Mark J. Bennett Esq.
Anthony J. Buonicore P.E.
David J. Freeman Esq.

This article is reproduced with permission from BNA's Environmental Due
Diligence Guide, Issue No. 229, March 2011.
Copyright 2011 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.

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BNA, Inc: Environmental Due Diligence Guide
New ASTM Standard Aims to Provide More Accurate Measurement of Energy Use

The Standard Practice for Building Energy Performance Assessment for a Building Involved in a Real Estate Transaction (E2797-11) was released February 11, 2011 by ASTM International. It is intended to give users a common starting point. Reproduced with permission from Environmental Due Diligence Guide Report, 20 EDDG 9, 02/17/2011. Copyright 2011 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.


2010

Emerging Building Energy Performance Regulations and Industry's Response

Rapidly evolving legal and regulatory mandates, in addition to common sense economic factors, are driving the inclusion of energy and sustainability issues into the main stream of commercial real estate transactional due diligence.
Anthony J. Buonicore, PE, BCEE

Benchmarking
The Formidable Challenge of Building Energy Performance Benchmarking
Anthony J. Buonicore, PE, BCEE
Benchmarking is now mandatory in many jurisdictions across the U.S. and spreading rapidly.

Underwriting Sustainable Properties
Green Building and Sustainable Development in the Commercial Real Estate Industry
Scott R. Muldavin, CRE, FRICS
Key findings regarding the valuation and underwriting of sustainable properties from three years of research by the Green Building Finance Consortium

Final Report: Feb. 2011
Analysis of Cost and Non-Cost Barriers and Policy Solutions for Commercial Buildings
The Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium
The following summarizes key barriers and recommendations from seven Commercial Buildings Consortium (CBC) working groups focused . . . .read more.

BEPAs 101
BEPAs: A Growing Opportunity for Environmental Consultants
Dianne Crocker
Interest in the energy performance of CRE is on the rise, creating a new opportunity for Environmental Consultants

Massachusetts Proposes Energy Labeling Pilot for Commercial Buildings
An MPG Rating for Commercial Buildings: Establishing a Building Energy Asset Labeling Program in Massachusetts.This Whitepaper was prepared by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Expert Call Presentation
Trends in Building Energy Efficiency: Investment, Technology and Finance Johnson Controls, Inc. has made forward-looking statements in this document pertaining to its financial results for fiscal 2011 and beyond, that are based on preliminary data and are subject to risks and uncertainties. 

CalCEF Innovations
Energy Efficiency paying the way: New financing strategies remove first-cost hurdles. Over the past year, there has been a sea change in the public recognition of the importance of energy efficiency (EE) for homeowners, corporate leaders, policy-makers, and investors. There is little or no remaining debate that EE is the most cost effective and rapid strategy to accelerate sustainable buildings, businesses, cities, communities, and public policies. However, while the payback periods can be short and total economic benefits clear, EE improvement projects are often not implemented because of high up-front costs.

nbi - New Buildings Institute - Better Building Energy Codes Now: the Reasonable and Crucial Next Step
With today's conspicuous promotion of green building and sustainability, it is easy to forget that the bulk of commercial building design does exactly what it has always done: meet the local building energy code.

Environmental Due Diligence Guide
Energy Efficiency Benchmarking: Due Diligence Moving into the Mainstream.

Sustainability in business today: A cross-industry view
What is the state of sustainability in business today: The answer, as suggested by Deloitte's multi-industry survey of 48 executives who oversaw sustainability efforts at their companies, may depend on how one interprets the results.

The Green Building Boom Continues
Profiting from the Green Building Movement - Our research leads us to conclude that we are in the early stges of what will be one of the most significant secular trends in the global building / construction market - the "Green Building" (GB) movement.

Coming Soon to a Building Near You: Mandatory Energy Disclosure for Commercial Real Estate
In the near future, the owner of a commercial building in Minnesota may be required to provide a purchaser, lender or prospective tenant a detailed disclosure of the building’s energy performance. Such disclosure might even include a ranking or scoring of its performance in relation to other buildings in its peer group.

In Full Disclosure
Clients could see an impact as governments mandate sharing energy-use information.
Dan Spenogatti and Joshua Lehman, EBI Consulting.

Untapped Potential of Commercial Buildings
Energy Use and Emissions, Capturing Wasted Energy: Efficiency, Retrofits, Barriers.

What you don't know may be hurting your bottom line
All buildings, large and small, all have at least one thing in common, they consume energy. In these tough economic times, cost-saving measures are actively being sought by building owners.

Valuing Building Energy Efficiency through Disclosure and Upgrade Policies
A Roadmap for the Northeast A Dunsky Energy Consulting Report in collaboration with Vermont Energy Investment Corporation.
 

 

 

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