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The Importance of your Building’s Envelope

September 21, 2020

By Devin Takekawa Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Did you know that approximately 40% of energy leakage within a building is often traced back to its envelope? You may be thinking, how is that even possible? Well frankly, the envelope of a building is essentially the exterior structure, which consists of windows, exterior doors, […]
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Comparing COVID response programs: Fitwel vs WELL

August 31, 2020

By Libby Dunne Sustainability Consultant Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, many people have been working from home, leaving vast vacancies in office buildings around the nation. Buildings have since been viewed as a facilitator of disease spread due to high touch surfaces (like doorknobs and elevator buttons) as well […]
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Top 12 Green Building Rating Systems

June 1, 2020

By Libby Dunne Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) LEED LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification used in the United States. Managed by the U.S. Green Building Council, this building rating system is completed by on-site or third-party verification. Many building types can apply for this certification program, […]
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COVID-19 and Buildings: How Building Certifications can Help Prevent Disease Spread in the Future

March 26, 2020

By Libby Dunne Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The current COVID-19 viral outbreak is currently forcing lifestyle changes that create difficulty and hardship for many people. However, this virus will likely bring about some permanent changes that may help to prevent or at least better prepare us for an outbreak in the future. Some […]
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SIG’s Top 10 Projects for 2019

December 9, 2019

1180 Peachtree 1180 Peachtree, also known as the “Symphony Tower”, is a 780,036 square foot, 41-story office tower developed by Hines and completed in February 2006 in Midtown Atlanta, GA. The building was the first high-rise office building in the southeastern United States to receive Gold certification under the LEED BD+C: Core & Shell rating […]
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Smart Grids and Smart Buildings

October 21, 2019

By Danielle Crownover Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Did you know the commercial building sector wastes up to one third of a typical building’s power use1? Before delving into what a smart grid represents, it is important to understand what a smart building comprises. Green Tech companies are hired to meet the needs of […]
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CALGreen, California’s first green building code

September 9, 2019

By Ali LoPiccolo Marketing Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) California is recognized for having ambitious climate and energy goals. Pursuit of these goals requires the state to seek thoughtful action while ensuring that the energy systems remain stable and accessible. As a part of California’s Building Standards Code, ‘Title 24 Part 11’ addresses the state’s […]
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Responsible Materials Sourcing

August 5, 2019

By Tushaar Sharma Engineering Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Responsible materials sourcing is an aspect of business that various companies globally have started paying greater attention to, as they begin to realize the environmental, social and economic impacts of adopting this practice. This business process refers to the method through which companies or vendors […]
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SIG’s Top 10 Projects for 2018

December 20, 2018

499 Park Avenue – New York, NY499 Park Avenue is a 28-story office multi-tenant office building designed by I.M. Pei and located on the highly desirable corner of Park Avenue and 59th Street in Manhattan. In October 2018, the Hines-managed building earned 61 points to achieve LEED EB Gold certification, bolstered by an ENERGY STAR score of 76, Renewable […]
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Implementing Fitwel into your Office

June 18, 2018

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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