SDC Talks

SDC Talks is an initiative created by the Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) as a repository for thought leadership facilitated and/or generated by the members of SDC.  The goal of SDC Talks is to provide relevant and applicable pieces on sustainability topics within the context of commercial real estate.  If NAIOP members have a topic they would like to learn about through SDC Talks, please send all requests to Jim Landau or Andrea Hidalgo for review.


Why Google Makes Indoor Air Quality a Top Priority

author: Anna Buglaeva, Aquicore

Indoor air quality (IAQ) has been a popular green topic for decades, though few of us on the Tenant and Landlord sides feel empowered to take charge and make a change in our own buildings. Yet with increasingly longer hours that we spend indoors, this should be a top priority. Poor IAQ is estimated to cost the US from $12 to $125 billion (including medical cost) per year due to loss of productivity and missed work (US DOE). Click here to read the full article.



2nd Voices on Resilience Speaker Event Pushes the DC Region to ask “What can we be resilient to?”

author: Jessica Long,Sustainability Manager at JBG, Co-Chair of the 2015 Greenbuild Host Committee

On Thursday October 22, members of the DC green building community gathered for an engaging program focused on building for resilience in our communities.  The session featured a presentation from new SDC member Greg Mella of SmithGroupJJR and was summarized in this article on the USGBC-NCR blog by SDC member Jessica Long of The JBG Companies. Click here to read the full article.


BIM after Construction

author: John Mangan AIA, President Mangan Group Architects


This project involved the building of a new law center including classrooms and a conference space in a building that was originally built as an office building. The original building had no street presence on Massachusetts Avenue. The architect’s vision of opening not only the façade, but the floors to create a dramatic entry and gathering space was much easier to understand with the use of the BIM.  Click here to read the full article.



Better Buildings Challenge for Real Estate Investor Owners Average Annual Percent Improvement (AAPI)

author: Jessica Long, Sustainability Manager at JBG

In May 2014 SDC member Jessica Long, Sustainability Manager at JBG, attended the Department of Energy’s annual Better Buildings Summit in Washington DC.  During the opening session of the summit Better Buildings Challenge members were recognized as industry leaders for their commitment to reduce energy use, share innovative solutions and showcase project success profiles.  Here about her account of the proceedings here.


Energy Benchmarking and Transparency: Thoughts from a one day workshop and preview of things to come

author: David Borchardt, Principal DPRM LLC


On December 4th I attended a workshop on Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Programs, sponsored by the Resources for the Future (RFF) (  They will be releasing a summary of the workshop next year and I wanted to give a preview of some of the topics discussed, the issues raised and provide some additional information for those who want to know more. The stated purpose of the workshop is outlined in the link below, what I heard and took away from a building owner’s perspective is summarized after. Click here for the full outline.



IMT & DOE’s Green Lease Leaders Program – Program and Designation Overview

author: Chris Potter, Institute for Market Transformation

Montgomery County USGBC-NCRHeadline for Website: The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance (DOE BBA) recently kicked off the 2015 Green Lease Leaders Recognition Program.  The program, developed with support from leading real estate practitioners, distinguishes property owners, tenants, and brokers who are effectively using the lease as a tool to save energy in commercial buildings.  Those selected meet the requirements of the Green Lease Leader program by incorporating lease clauses that improve sustainability on many fronts such as; allowing for sharing of the costs of energy-saving improvements, ensuring tenants build out to green standards, increasing transparency by sharing access to energy consumption data and Energy Star scores between tenants and landlords, and encouraging cooperation on environmental initiatives. Click here to read the full press release


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