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The Genius Among Smart Buildings: The Edge

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.

These and more high-tech features are all part of Amsterdam’s fifteen-story, 430K S.F. office building dubbed The Edge. The tower is home to international consulting firm Deloitte, who helped work on the technology, providing both technical capability and the all-important tenant’s perspective at the same time.

Owned by Germany-based Deka Immobilien and designed by London’s PLP Architecture, The Edge has been lauded for its sustainable features and deep designs that even repurpose rainwater to flush its toilets. The project is a living proof that the challenges of energy and resource efficiency can meet and be mitigated with the demands of tenants.  The building systems do not create perfectly seamless solutions with every feature, but it’s a clear leap forward into a future where office experiences will leave the 20th century behind.

Earn NAR’s Green Designation

NAR's Green Resource Council websiteWhen 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.

The Green Resource Council and NAR’s Green Designation were established by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS® in the spring of 2008 as a response to the increased interest by real estate buyers, sellers and practitioners to go green. With a panel of subject matter experts, the council developed a comprehensive designation program in the summer of 2008. That fall, we launched the pilot course to a live classroom of students.

Since then, NAR’s Green Designation program has taken off. Almost 1,300 students and over 100 instructors completed one of the courses in its first few months, and as of March 2010, over 4,000 individuals have been awarded NAR’s Green Designation and membership to the Green REsource Council.

Green Business Network

Appraisers to Title Companies, the Green Business Network links dozens of industry categories and puts NAR green Designees together with providers to form solutions, Learn more about the Green Business Network and search it here.