Global Carbon Reduction Challenge

Building Energy Strategies

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Much of the work of building decarbonization focuses on maximizing energy efficiency. The real estate sector has long embraced these strategies, and resources are available to take these efforts to the next level as we look to reduce carbon footprints.

BOMA International Electrification in Commercial Buildings (Research Brief)  

The concept of electrification has evolved from a regional to national concept. BOMA’s goal of this effort is to help inform their members about electrification, including offering an overview of the benefits and challenges of electrification, available technologies, current and future conditions of the electric grid, public policy, available programs, and other relevant issues and items.

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USGBC State of Decarbonization: Progress in U.S. Commercial Buildings 2023 (Report) 

Achieving U.S. climate goals will require deep reductions across the U.S. commercial real estate sector. This report brings together key data and mechanisms for reducing buildings’ carbon emissions, and highlights where the commercial building sector is making progress and areas that pose a challenge to decarbonization targets.

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Better Buildings Submetering Resources for CRE (Guidance Document)  

As Better Buildings partners in the commercial sector continue to pursue energy efficiency improvements at their facilities, they often face a growing need for more granular energy data that can help them make targeted performance investments and building improvements. This document contains a variety of resources intended to help commercial partners gain better access to energy data through the use of submetering. Submeters can provide important insights into the resource consumption of equipment and building systems.

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Better Buildings Benchmarking and Building Performance Standards (Resource Compendium) 

These resources will help navigate benchmarking and building performance standards (BPS). As energy efficiency in the built environment continues to grow as an industry standard, action plans to mitigate climate change that contain elements such as building performance standard (BPS) policies and benchmarking have become more popular with cities and energy management stakeholders. Benchmarking is a way to measure the current energy performance of a building against past data or buildings of a similar size and occupancy. Building performance standards take benchmarking a step further where a policy is enacted by a jurisdiction to meet climate goals, achieve energy savings, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Building Design, Systems & Technology Insights (Research Brief) 

2022 ASID Impact Review on solutions identified and recommended to mitigate COVID-19 through building design, leveraging new systems and technology.

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Essentials (Research Brief)

Essentials (Research Brief) is the culmination of exploring reliable research and information throughout the pandemic, relevant to the interior design profession. Considering the overarching role of designers as leaders and collaborators, finding ways to communicate and utilize this data to appropriate stakeholders is important.

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Facilities & Change Management (Research Brief)

The management of people, places, and perceptions requires an investment of time, finances, and planning. Understanding the impact and dynamics of change, human personalities, and dispositions is important in leading teams with empathy and requires an interdisciplinary approach.

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ULI Blueprint for Green Real Estate (Guidance Document) 

With the increasing public focus on climate change and its impacts, new policies affecting building energy performance, and pressure from investors, real estate organizations recognize the strong business case for incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their normal business operations. Learn about leading best practices to prepare and guide your organization to be better positioned in this space.

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ULI Electrify: The Movement to All-Electric Real Estate

Electrification is a key strategy for decarbonizing the building sector. This report shares the business case for electrifying commercial assets, showcases technologies that enable electric buildings, and outlines current opportunities and challenges for real estate owners and investors to make the all-electric commitment portfolio-wide.

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Implementing Building Performance Strategies (Website)

IMT is the leading organization working with policymakers and local stakeholders across the country in developing and implementing building performance standards (BPS) that address not just energy use but other community priorities as well.

IMT’s Model BPS Ordinance is intended to provide the structural foundation for a robust, equitable BPS ordinance in any jurisdiction. Its language can be modified as necessary to reflect local circumstances and policy priorities, while its structure encourages standardized, harmonized, and predictable ordinances to make compliance easier for building owners across the nation. IMT’s model ordinance incorporates stakeholder input as well as best practices and lessons learned from BPS around the country. Finally, it is conceived as a living document that will be updated based on the input of experts and feedback from governments, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders that use it in their policy development and implementation process. Please see for a primer, a presentation, the model ordinance language, and supplemental modules that can be added to address identified community priorities.

IMT is supportive of BOMA International and its members pursuing carbon reductions. However, utilizing IMT’s resources does not confer endorsement of BOMA International or its member’s practices.

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