The ULIsf Sustainable Development Committee created a Building Efficiency Toolkit to help the owners and managers of existing commercial buildings address the unique challenges of incorporating energy-efficient components into their assets. Energy efficiency presents a far less significant issue in new construction because it is a relatively small part of overall development costs. Contrarily, upgrading existing commercial buildings with old mechanical systems, existing tenant leases, and limited financing sources is much more difficult.
The Toolkit discusses why existing buildings need to upgrade or face obsolescence, how to manage an investment in energy efficiency, and which financing options match best with specific scopes of improvement. It is based on interviews with developers, building owners, regulators, financing sources, energy auditing firms and local government officials.
Download the 2014 ULI Building Efficiency Toolkit.