We have released The Competitive Edge: Commercial Green Building in California, a video designed to help viewers understand what characteristics green buildings have, and the types of green building measures most effective in the state of California.
The video features successful case studies from Adobe Systems and Thomas Properties Group, and is designed to educate a wide audience - including policymakers, governmental agencies, property managers, developers, lenders/investors, architects, engineers, building owners and tenants.
"Understanding what measures can be taken to reduce energy use in commercial buildings is critical, and further underscored by the recently announced federal initiative to achieve a 20 percent reduction in commercial energy use by 2020, Craig McDonald, Navigant Managing Director explained." According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, energy used by commercial and industrial buildings costs more than $200 billion per year and accounts for nearly half of all energy consumption in the U.S.
The video highlights the green building efforts of Thomas Properties Group, Inc., one of the pioneer real estate companies developing and operating green buildings in California and a 2008 Sustainability Showcase Award winner. Spotlighted properties include City National Plaza Building in Los Angeles and the Joe Serna Jr. Cal/EPA Headquarters Building in Sacramento which, through green building measures, each save close to $1.4 million in annual operating costs.