Release Commercial Green Building in California Video


Video Illuminates Standards for Making Buildings more Energy Efficient

San Francisco, CA – March 21, 2011 –The California Sustainability Alliance, a market transformation program managed by Navigant (NYSE: NCI), has released The Competitive Edge: Commercial Green Building in California, a video designed to help viewers understand what “green building” is, and the types of green building measures most effective in the state of California.

Developed by the California Sustainability Alliance, the video is designed to educate a wide audience – including policymakers, governmental agencies, property managers, developers, lenders/investors, architects, engineers, building owners and tenants. It highlights the  success of one sustainability leader in the state.

“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. (Nasdaq:  TPGI), 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.

“We are thrilled to share our successes through the Commercial Green Building in California video project, and we sincerely hope the high performance green building measures highlighted will encourage other building owners and managers to embrace the potential for energy savings in their buildings, “ said Daniele Horton, Sustainability Manager of Thomas Properties Group.  “A key focus for Thomas Properties Group in 2011 is energy efficiency and we look forward to continuing our work to “green” our portfolio of existing buildings with the LEED EB O&M Certification Program.”

View The Competitive Edge: Commercial Green Building in California.

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