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Winterize your Commercial Building with 4 Money Saving Tips

Winter is coming, if it isn't already here for some of you, and that can mean significant increases in energy costs if you aren't prepared.

Buildings hit with fees for not complying with energy benchmarking rules

In the U.S., 16 locations, ranging from entire state policies to county laws, require some type of energy benchmarking. Many regulations are new, and the cumbersome process is costing buildings thousands of dollars every year.

Featured In: LODGING Magazine

EPA Overhauling ENERGY STAR rating system for better hotel energy measurement

The U.S. EPA and hotel organizations are working to improve the energy scoring system with a modern methodology that will better inform consumers about the true level of energy performance at hotels.

Featured In: LODGING Magazine & Green Lodging News

U.S. Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Policy Map

Here at SOL VISTA, we keep up with the evolution of local energy efficiency ordinances mandating energy reporting, energy auditing, and retrocommissioning. We use this material to preempt deadlines and offer services to our customers to comply with local mandates. Click the link to see a visualization of these key policies.

Green Rated/Certified Hotels

Database of U.S. Green Rated/Certified Hotels

Comprehensive lists of U.S. hotels certified/rated by one of the major hospitality eco programs--LEED®, ENERGY STAR®, Green Key®, and Green Seal®.


Hotel Eco Programs

List of Hospitality Eco Programs

Comprehensive list of international, national, and local hospitality/hotel-focused green certification and rating programs.

Publications

Green Building and Sustainable Development: The Practical Legal Guide

Green Building and Sustainable Development: The Practical Legal Guide

Editors: Shannon D. Sentman, Jonathan E. Furr, Nicole C. Kibert, James T. Mayer
Summary: Gives lawyers the necessary information to understand and assist their clients in establishing themselves as leaders in green building and sustainable deveopment, helping them meet growing customer demand, take advantage of government incentive programs, enhance marketing opportunities, lower operating expenses in anticipation of rising utility costs, and manage risks.
Format: Book
Publisher: American Bar Association (ABA)
Publication Date: August 25, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60442-071-5
Available for Purchase: ABA Store

Green Office Guide: Integrating LEED Into Your Leasing Process

Green Office Guide: Integrating LEED Into Your Leasing Process

Authors: Mychele Lord (lead author), Shannon D. Sentman, Holley Henderson, Eugenia Robbins
Summary: Provides tools and ideas that will help integrate green decision-making throughout the leasing process. Geared mainly towards office tenants and brokers, and to a lesser extent, attorneys, the new guide provides specific tools that help teams navigate the nuances of successfull execution. Tools incorporated into the guide include site selection questionaires, sample RFP language, criteria for qualifying professionals, and sample lease provisions with extensive drafting notes.
Format: Book
Publisher: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Publication Date: August 14, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-932444-22-3
Available for Purchase: USGBC Store

Environmental Design + Construction Magazine, USGBC LEED Special Edition

Risk and Liability: Lessons From More Than a Decade of Green Building

Authors: Shannon D. Sentman, Stephen T. Del Percio
Summary: Draws from over a decade of LEED-era green building to outline lessons learned, best practices, and potential liabilities facing developers of green buildings.
Format: trade magazine article
Publisher: environmental design + construction (ed+c)
Publication Date: July 1, 2010
Link: ed+c magazine online

Healthy Buildings: Green Building Standards, Benefits, and Incentives

Healthy Buildings: Green Building Standards, Benefits, and Incentives

Authors: Shannon D. Sentman
Summary: This article discusses what makes a building "green," and how being "green" often means being healthy. It also discusses how the green building movement is being bolstered by policy and by the benefits attributable to green design and operations.
Format: academic article
Publisher: The Journal of Biolaw & Business
Reference: Volume 12, Issue 1
Publication Date: 2009

Journal of Green Building, A Climate for Change: Green Building Policies, Programs, and Incentives

A Climate for Change: Green Building Policies, Programs, and Incentives

Authors: Shannon D. Sentman, Stephen T. Del Percio, Preston Koerner
Summary: Discusses existing green building and energy efficiency policies (incentives and mandates) and the overall trend toward increased local regulation of private development. The article also opines on potential sweeping Federal regulations that could further impact private development in the coming years.
Format: academic article
Publisher: Journal of Green Building
Reference: Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 46-63
Publication Date: Spring 2008

Real Estate Finance Journal, Building Green in the Black

Building Green in the Black: More Than Just the Right Thing To Do?

Authors: Shannon D. Sentman, Bonni F. Kaufman, Heather Pinder Rodriguez
Summary: Discusses green building rating systems, incentives, mandates, and the costs and benefits of building green.
Format: academic article
Publisher: The Real Estate Finance Journal
Reference: Pages 27-32
Publication Date: Summer 2007

Solutions

Skywalk™

The Skywalk™ building performance management software platform provides complete visibility into energy and water consumption and costs for hotel portfolio asset managers.

Energy Procurement

Our energy procurement expertise and services enable hotel owners to obtain the best rates and contract terms for electricity and natural gas in deregulated markets.

Energy & Water Audits

Our audit teams determine how to cut your hotel's utility costs while maintaining high guest satisfaction rates.

Stay tuned for new material on how SOL VISTA's energy efficiency solutions benefit hotel owners and portfolio managers.

Customer Snapshots - Realized Savings

Green Building and Sustainable Development: The Practical Legal Guide

Hotel Monaco DC

Utility Costs: -43%
Energy Use: -22%
Energy Rates: -31%
Water Use: -48%
Healthy Buildings: Green Building Standards, Benefits, and Incentives

Westin Gaslamp Quarter

Utility Costs: -31%
Energy Use: -30%
Energy Rates: -10%
Green Office Guide: Integrating LEED Into Your Leasing Process

Hotel Monaco Seattle

Utility Costs: -17%
Energy Use: -14%
Water Use: -31%
Journal of Green Building, A Climate for Change: Green Building Policies, Programs, and Incentives

W Hotel Boston

Utility Costs: -12%
Energy Use: -11%
Gas Rates: -13%
Water Use: -12%
Environmental Design + Construction Magazine, USGBC LEED Special Edition

InterContinental Buckhead

Utility Costs: -15%
Energy Use: -8%
Energy Rates: -6%
Water Use: -17%
Real Estate Finance Journal, Building Green in the Black

Viceroy Hotel Miami

Utility Costs: -18%
Energy Use: -9%
Gas Rates: -30%

 

Healthy Buildings: Green Building Standards, Benefits, and Incentives

Mondrian Hotel LA

Utility Costs: -21%
Energy Use: -20%
Gas Rates: -13%
Water Use: -18%

Educational Content

Infographic - 3 Ways to Prepare for Summer Demand

In this infographic, SOL VISTA breaks down what summer demand rates are, what you can expect, and key tips to cutting back on demand and saving your building money.

Infographic - Understanding Your Electric Bill

Can't make sense of your electric bill? SOL VISTA breaks the big charges down in this infographic.


U.S. Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Policy Map

Here at SOL VISTA, we keep up with the evolution of local energy efficiency ordinances mandating energy reporting, energy auditing, and retrocommissioning. We use this material to preempt deadlines and offer services to our customers to comply with local mandates. Click the link to see a visualization of these key policies.

Hotel Eco Programs

List of Hospitality Eco Programs

Comprehensive list of international, national, and local hospitality/hotel-focused green certification and rating programs.


Green Rated/Certified Hotels

Database of U.S. Green Rated/Certified Hotels

Comprehensive lists of U.S. hotels certified/rated by one of the major hospitality eco programs--LEED®, ENERGY STAR®, Green Key®, and Green Seal®.


Articles

EPA Overhauling ENERGY STAR rating system for better hotel energy measurement

The U.S. EPA and hotel organizations are working to improve the energy scoring system with a modern methodology that will better inform consumers about the true level of energy performance at hotels.

Featured In: LODGING Magazine & Green Lodging News

Installing Energy Storage at Your Hotel

Leveraging data from hotels with installed energy storage systems, this article outlines the variables impacting the potential financial benefits of these systems, including evaluation of the three primary financing models--self-financing, shared-savings, and subscription--and the costs and benefits of each model in terms of buyer risk and financial returns.

Featured In: LODGING Magazine
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Energy Benchmarking: What Is It and Why You Should Care

Energy benchmarking provides the necessary building information to affect change, drive energy savings, and improve building efficiency. But what exactly is it and which groups stand to benefit the most?


Conducting a Successful Energy Audit

Many people see a doctor at least once a year, but how good are we about tracking the health of our buildings? If your hotel or resort hasn’t had an energy audit or retrocommissioning in the past two to three years, you’ve likely accumulated tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in added utility costs per year.

Featured In: LODGING Magazine & Green Lodging News

Stay tuned for new energy efficiency related content written by SOL VISTA team members.