Our mission is to optimize the value of making intelligent and sustainable building & operation decisions by combining comprehensive financial analyses with building science techniques.
At Environmental Building Strategies, our integrated and experienced approach to green building adapts your building or LEED project to a rapidly changing market. Buildings designed and managed sustainably provide better financial returns and improve occupant conditions; all the while they use less energy, produce less waste, and reduce their carbon footprint. Our clients are building owners, property managers, developers and architects who want a better performing building.
Our approach is simple: We assess buildings, identify opportunity areas and develop strategies to meet our client’s sustainability goals. By taking an integrated approach to consulting and project management, we collaborate with everyone throughout the design and construction process to provide the most financially effective and environmentally responsible solutions for our clients. As LEED Accredited Professionals (BD&C, ID&C, ND, EBO&M), Certified Sustainable Building Advisors, Certified Green Building Professionals, Professional Engineers, Certified Commissioning Agents, Certified Energy Managers, Certified GreenPoint Raters, Certified LEED Green Raters, and RESNET Certified HERS Raters, we have expertise in both new and existing Commercial and Residential real estate.
U.S. Green Building Council: The USGBC is a non-profit trade organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated. The USGBC is best known for the development of the LEED® green building rating system, and Greenbuild, a green building conference that promotes the green building industry, including environmentally responsible materials, sustainable architecture techniques and public policy. The USGBC has more than 17,000 member organizations from every sector of the building industry and works to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. To achieve this it has developed a variety of programs and services, and works closely with key industry and research organizations and federal, state and local government agencies.
LEED: The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
RESNET: The Residential Energy Services Network’s (RESNET®) mission is to ensure the success of the building energy performance certification industry, set the standards of quality, and increase the opportunity for ownership of high performance buildings. RESNET’s standards are officially recognized by the U.S. mortgage industry for capitalizing a building’s energy performance in the mortgage loan, certification of “White Tags” for private financial investors, and by the federal government for verification of building energy performance for such programs as federal tax incentives, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program. RESNET Ratings provide a relative energy use index called the HERS® Index – a HERS Index of 100 represents the energy use of the “American Standard Building” and an Index of 0 (zero) indicates that the Proposed Building uses no net purchased energy (a Zero Energy Building). A set of rater recommendations for cost-effective improvements that can be achieved by the Rated Building is also produced.
Build It Green: Build It Green is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California. They work with mainstream stakeholders in the housing industry to accelerate the adoption of green building practices, and their short-term goal is to facilitate the greening of 10,000 housing units by the end of 2008. They offer trusted green building training, tools, technical expertise, and partnership opportunities for key stakeholders including public agencies, builders, developers, architects, contractors, affordable housing advocates, real estate professionals, suppliers, and homeowners. They also promote the GreenPoint Rated System which is the most widely utilized residential “green” certification process in California and is recognized by the USGBC as a powerful tool in residential remodeling and new construction.
ENERGY STAR: ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills. Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. Because a strategic approach to energy management can produce twice the savings — for the bottom line and the environment — as typical approaches, EPA’s ENERGY STAR partnership offers a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements. EPA provides an innovative energy performance rating system which businesses have already used for more than 62,000 buildings across the country. EPA also recognizes top performing buildings with the ENERGY STAR.
CHEERS ® California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services is a California statewide 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting energy efficiency. Founded in 1990, CHEERS® was approved in 1999 by the California Energy Commission as the first home energy rating provider under the Home Energy Rating System Regulations. It has an independent Board of Directors representing utilities, environmental and energy conservation and consulting groups. CHEERS® trains and certifies home energy Raters for the building industry. Working with builders as homes are being built, CHEERS® Raters—nearly 500 statewide—conduct independent third party tests, verifications and certifications for homebuilders. This process ensures that homes being built meet or exceed the energy efficiency standards established by the state. Last year, CHEERS® Raters completed more than 20,000 ratings and verifications.
The Building Commissioning Association (BCA) is a non-profit trade association for individuals and companies interested in building commissioning. The association seeks to enhance quality standards throughout the industry by developing best practices doctrine and educational programs. The BCA’s goal is to achieve high professional standards, while allowing for the diverse and creative approaches to building commissioning that benefit their profession and its clients. For this reason, the BCA focuses on identifying critical commissioning attributes and elements, rather than attempting to dictate a rigid commissioning process.
The BCA approach provides measurable performance results and the highest return on the Owner’s investment. We believe that achievement of commissioning success is recognized through sustained building performance.
BOMA San Francisco is the leading voice for the local commercial real estate industry. BOMA has saved its members hundreds of thousands of dollars and continually helps craft rational public policy development by educating public officials about their industry. BOMA San Francisco represents more than 72 million square feet of office space in San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin and Sonoma counties, and is federated with BOMA International and BOMA California, the voices of the commercial real estate industry in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento. BOMA offers commercial property owners and managers and the businesses that serve them an invaluable package of services to help them succeed in one of the nation’s most challenging and competitive markets.
Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area.SPUR’s history dates back to 1910, when a group of young city leaders came together to improve the quality of housing after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Over the next century, the organization underwent many evolutions, all the while acting as the citizens’ voice for good urban planning.SPUR has built support for land use, transportation and investment strategies to support center-oriented growth and urban economic vitality. Since the 1950’s, SPUR has been involved with virtually every major planning decision in the city.
In May 2009, the opening of the new SPUR Urban Center opened a major new chapter in the life of the organization and in civic planning in San Francisco. Located in the heart of the Yerba Buena cultural district, the Urban Center provides a common ground for citizens to come together in fruitful, forward-thinking conversation.
In a city dominated by single-interest politics, SPUR plays the crucial role of uniting citizens to jointly craft solutions to their common problems. It is a member-supported, nonprofit organization.
The California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing up-to-date, reliable information about the California Title 24 Energy Standards and related building energy efficiency topics, as well as helping energy consultants stay on the cutting edge of building energy efficiency. This includes a voluntary Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) program, the Certified Energy Plans Examiner (CEPE) training and testing, a quarterly web based newsletter, web site, annual meetings and free regional meetings. These activities have been developed to assure a professional level of training, experience and qualification for those individuals preparing Title 24 compliance and energy analysis documentation.
Established in 1936, the Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute with over 30,000 members across the globe—2,000 here in the Greater Bay Area.ULI mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI San Francisco carries forth that mission by serving the Bay Area’s public and private sectors with pragmatic land use expertise and education. As a nonpartisan organization, ULI has long been recognized as one of America’s most respected and widely quoted sources of objective information on urban planning, growth and development. Their members form a spectrum of land use and development disciplines, including developers, builders, investors, designers, public officials, planners, real estate brokers, attorneys, engineers, lenders, academics and students.
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