Consider an office building that comfortably supports 2,500 workers…with fewer than half as many desks. A building where all the lighting panels are connected by ethernet cable, making every panel controllable and customizable using an smartphone app. A building sporting enough photovoltaic solar paneling to power the entire footprint, including electric car charging stations at the parking lot. A parking lot that recognizes your car and directs you to an empty spot in the morning.
When the news on climate change includes longtime holdouts surrendering their positions to acknowledge that manmade heat and emissions are contributing in a real way to our climate, it’s probably time to look again at the ways we use energy in our commercial properties. For years, NAR has been ahead of the curve in our industry’s green research and education with the Green Resource Council, a leading source for facts, tools, education and strategies for going green.