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California Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure – Assembly Bill 802

By Anna Marie Pinion Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Assembly Bill 802 Energy consumption accounts for approximately 30% of a typical office building’s operating costs, making it the building’s largest operating expense. With such a significant amount of cost, many businesses and building owners understand the financial benefit of green buildings and have started […]
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Implementing Fitwel into your Office

By Kelsey Alexander Sustainability Consultant Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Most people spend their days working 9 to 5, and one 2015 report showed that full time employees in the United States work an average of 47 hours per week.1 Since Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors2, a healthy work environment is important […]
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Fitwel vs. WELL

By Kelsey Alexander Sustainability Consultant Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Green building is a booming industry, and continues to grow everyday.1 In just three years, green buildings can save billions in energy savings, so it’s no surprise that among the 30 largest US real estate markets, 40% of existing office buildings have LEED, ENERGY STAR, or […]
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Changes to ENERGY STAR coming soon – let SIG navigate the changes for you

By Aditya Balamurali Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) On the 26th of August 2018, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance rating program is set for its largest update in years. Scores are set to change and getting the label for office buildings is about to get tougher, but ultimately more rewarding. How ENERGY STAR […]
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Go to [Green] Meeting?

By Annabelle Mathis Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Currently, the modern events industry is one of the most wasteful sectors in the country, due to the massive environmental footprint from air travel, food waste, and more. Because of this, meeting planners and show managers are looking for ways to minimize their impact, such as […]
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Making Sense of LEED v.4 materials: EPDs

By Kunwar Rana Sustainability Analyst LEED Green Associate Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) An EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products. An EPD tells the life cycle story of a product in a single, written report, focusing on information […]
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A Renewable America—why not?

By Helen Chang Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The use of renewable energy has been increasing internationally. In America, the consumption of renewable energy has increased 6.7% from 2013 to 2016. According to research conducted by NREL, the U.S will be able to generate 80% of its electricity from renewable energy by 20504. This […]
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LEED Version 4.1: Biggest Story at Greenbuild 2017

By Kunwar Rana Sustainability Analyst LEED Green Associate Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The biggest story at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston was the announcement of LEED v 4.1 by the U.S. Green Building Council. There have been fewer LEED v4 certified projects than anticipated and there is also only a modest number of new construction v4 […]
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Earth Day 2018: Let’s End Plastic Pollution

By Helen Chang Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Earth Day 2018 is coming! This year, the Earth Day theme is ‘End Plastic Pollution’. Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) has always been an active participant in Earth Day events. Thus, we would like to offer some suggestions to both individuals and project managers on how to […]
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Earn LEED credits for using native plant species

By Kelsey Alexander Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) LEED v4 Sustainable Sites Credit 1 and Credit 5 work to conserve existing natural site areas and restore damaged site areas to maintain or restore ecological integrity. To be able to earn this credit, sites must have native or adapted vegetation cover 20% of the area […]
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