Energy Programs Assist Property Managers

Property managers say resources are readily available to help them make their properties more energy efficient. One, the Energy Star program, run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, allows a building to benchmark its energy performance against its peer set. The requirements to perform these measurements are relatively easy, such as having a year’s worth of utility bills, noted Al Skodowski, Transwestern’s senior vice president & director of engineering. “It takes a lot of the guesswork out of things,” he said. “And it’s a free program.”In July 2007, CB Richard Ellis adopted the BOMA Energy Efficiency Program, from the Building Owners and Managers Association, which offers energy-savings guidelines through a series of seminars. Over the next three years, the commercial real estate firm said it would make the BEEP material broadly available throughout its system, and has set a goal of having 1,000 of its employees enrolled and trained in the program by the end of this year. Snodowski also has praise for the BEEP seminars. “For a chief engineer to an owner, it’s a great way to learn the basics.” But education can also be gained through in-house learning as well. Grubb & Ellis Co. has posted an “energy primer,” which offers a checklist of energy-savings procedures, according to senior vice president Cathy Stephenson.