Establishing and Achieving the Environmental Goals of ESG

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As more investors focus on ESG policies, we try to demystify the E in ESG. By Tony Liou, Partner Energy President In the past year, ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing has gone from a niche strategy to a mainstream approach utilized by more institutional real estate investors. Companies like BlackRock and PGIM are scaling […]

Real Estate Must Become More Resilient

After a year of record-breaking disasters, the need for real estate resiliency is clear. By Tony Liou, Partner Energy President There is no denying that the number of natural disasters and their severity have increased over the years. Wildfires have burned more than four million acres in California in 2020, which is double the previous […]

Green Advantage Shifts Focus

Green Advantage Shifts Focus to Incentivize Workforce Housing by Tony Liou, Partner Energy President Citing a refocus towards affordable housing, the FHFA eliminated the green lending cap exclusion last fall, leading to uncertainty in the green lending market. Last month, Freddie Mac announced their continued commitment to the success of the Green Advantage program by […]

FHFA RELEASED NEW GREEN LENDING REQUIREMENTS FOR 2019

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The Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) just released new requirements for the 2019 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Green Lending Programs. The new requirements may increase the implementation cost of these loans for some borrowers. However, with careful consideration of the type and quantity of energy-saving and water-saving measures implemented, this cost can be minimized. […]

New York City Local Law 87

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Energy Audits and Retro-Commissioning for Building Owners and Managers As part of New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP), Local Law 87 (LL87) mandates Energy Audits and Retro-Commissioning every ten years for all buildings over 50,000 square feet. LL87 provides building owners and managers insight into energy consumption and building performance with the goal […]

Green Lending and Multifamily Incentives in the Greater NYC Area

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Partner Engineering and Science’s, Melissa Dahl recently wrote an blog post encouraging borrowers to take advantage of green lending and multifamily incentives in the greater NYC area. The multifamily green financing programs within both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have been extremely successful, with Fannie Mae closing on 500 green multi-family transactions through October 2017. […]

Developers are betting big on energy-saving buildings

Tony Liou weighs in on the new role energy efficiency plays in Commercial Real Estate: In the past, institutional investors would qualify managers by investments and returns, according to Tony Liou, president of Partner Energy. “Now it is, ‘What is your sustainability plan?’ ” Liou says. “They want to know what you are going to […]

Investing Confidently in Energy Efficiency Projects

Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Investor Ready Energy Efficiency certification is setting a new global standard when it comes to energy efficiency projects. John Rockwell shares his insights on how the ICP is finding practical solutions and generating trustworthiness in energy efficiency projects nationwide. Read the full article here.    

Changes are coming for CA’s Energy Disclosure Law (AB1103)!

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The State is currently proposing major revisions to its existing energy disclosure law. These revisions will make compliance more manageable for building owners, owner’s representatives, and consultants. Some of the changes will help immediately, some will take time to effectively implement but here are the highlights: The compliance document will be the ENERGY STAR Statement […]

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