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Educating Tenants about Energy Efficiency

"Business owners have a lot of clout with their own employees concerning energy efficiency, but building owners with tenants can also take steps to create a culture of energy savings. Yesterday we reviewed energy efficiency partnership opportunities and today we look at eight ways to get tenants on board."

Educating Tenants about Energy Efficiency – A Win-Win

In the commercial real estate sector, the disconnect between building owners and tenants can slow the switch to energy efficiency. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star® program, a significant portion of a building’s energy use is under the direct or indirect control of the occupants. For example, a building’s plug load (the power used by appliances and equipment plugged into outlets) is typically 30% and is directly controlled by occupants.


Upgrading Your Commercial Building Energy Efficiency? Pick a Partnership!

"U.S. commercial buildings represent a huge piece of the energy use pie, and more and more building owners are finding that energy efficiency also gives them a competitive advantage. Today we will look at partnerships for learning more about commercial building energy efficiency and tomorrow we will review some of the ways building owners can engage tenants in energy saving programs."

Upgrading Your Commercial Building Energy Efficiency? Pick a Partnership!

Three words have always been considered the keys to real estate success: location, location, location. While location is still important, two new words, energy efficiency, have become essential as well, not only to property owners but to tenants too. Energy efficient buildings not only save money, they also support corporate sustainability programs and can help companies meet requirements such as benchmarking required by city codes and regulations.


Section 112(r) Violators On EPA’s Hit List

"Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) includes the General Duty Clause (GDC) and risk management plan (RMP) requirements that are related, but entail different compliance objectives. Yesterday we took a look at the very general requirements of the GDC and how they differ from the RMP regulation and today we will review recent violations of 112(r) that also reveal ways to minimize risk now, rather than wait for an inspection."

CAA Section 112(r) Violators on EPA’s Hit List

Protecting communities from hazardous chemical releases is a priority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the requirements of the CAA Section 112(r) is at the center of many related violations. In announcements made in January and March, the EPA highlighted how several companies violated the GDC, RMP and other regulations designed to keep the public safe from chemical accidents.


Understanding the CAA’s General Duty Clause

"Section 112(r)(1) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), often referred to as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) General Duty Clause (GDC), covers all facilities that are stationary sources with regulated and other extremely hazardous substances, regardless of quantity. Today we will review just how really general the General Duty Clause is and tomorrow we look at recent inspections and subsequent violations."

Understanding the CAA’s General Duty Clause

The CAA Amendments of 1990 marked the birth of the GDC, which became effective in November of that year for any stationary source producing, processing, handling, or storing regulated substances or extremely hazardous substance. But the GDC is not an actual regulation, nor can compliance with the GDC be checked against a regulation or data submission requirement. Instead it provides the means for the EPA to set general obligations for covered facilities to identify hazards from accidental releases of hazardous substances, design and maintain a safe facility, and take steps to minimize impacts from accidental releases that do occur.


Combined Heat and Power 101

"The on-site production of electricity at power plants and in buildings is one of the greatest sources of greenhouse gases and other regulated emissions. One way to reduce those emissions, use less fuel, and achieve greater efficiency is through combined heat and power (CHP) or cogeneration, an old technology whose time has come, again."

Conventional power generation is a notoriously wasteful operation in the United States where the average efficiency of fossil-fueled power plants is just 33 percent, the same as it has been since the 1970s. The remaining energy produced is simply released in the form of heat, a curious fact when you consider that so much of the energy produced and purchased is actually used to keep us warm.


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