CRE Sustainability We’re Looking Forward to in 2016

John Marshall
Mar 14, 2016 · 4 min read

Energy Efficiency

Creating sustainable, green CRE was a major focus of the most recent Paris Climate Conference, with an entire Buildings Day dedicated to the topic. From the United Nations Environment Programme website, “More than 30 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are buildings- related, and emissions could double by 2050 if we carry on business as usual.”

Old Buildings, New Roles

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” is a theme of the green movement popularized by Natural Resources Defense Council, and it applies as much to our buildings as anything else.

More Green for Green Loans

With The Federal Housing and Finance Agency announcing that while the GSEs (Government-Sponsored Enterprises) lending cap would be $31 billion, exclusions would be made for energy-efficient multi-family projects. This probably indicates that Fannie Mae will be increasing its lending to green, sustainable development in 2016.

The WELL Standard

If the LEED certification is about buildings paying more attention to the external environment in which they are built, the WELL Certification is about buildings paying more attention to the people who live and work in their internal environs.

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