Investing Confidently in Energy Efficiency Projects

Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Investor Ready Energy Efficiency certification 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.

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Partner Energy to Host 2016 GRESB Participant Training

Partner Energy to host 2016 GRESB Participant Training.

Partner Energy is excited to host the 2016 GRESB Participant Training Wednesday, April 13th in Los Angeles, CA.

The GRESB training program offers a high-quality and hands-on educational experience, addressing all aspects of sustainability in real estate portfolios as covered by the GRESB Real Estate Equity Assessment.

The training enables participants to assess and enhance their current performance, to more efficiently prepare their GRESB response, and to improve the quality of their submission.

The program is delivered via face-to-face group sessions (7 core instruction hours in one session). Register here.

The Intersection of Technology and CRE

Technology offers competitive advantages, but can also create new risks for commercial real estate investors, owners, lenders and brokers.
How technology can offer a competitive advantage, but also creates new risks for CRE investors, owners, GlobeSt Webinar Series Presentslenders and brokers.

Technology is having a profound impact on the way we use, build, and transact commercial real estate assets. It’s making our buildings smarter, and facilitating dynamic data that helps us make better, more informed investment and underwriting decisions. But, it’s also creating new risks: changing the demands we place on buildings, altering their value proposition, and creating new security concerns.

President of Partner Energy, Tony Liou will be covering the sustainability portion of the webinar where he will be discussing Smart Buildings, Smart Returns. To learn how technology can create a competitive advantage for you, don’t miss this thought-provoking webinar on Thursday April 7th, 11am PST/ 2pm EST. Register here.

 Brian Soublet Chris Reeves
Brian Soublet
Chief Counsel, California DMV
“Preparing for the advent of the driverless cars.”
Chris Reeves
Chief Credit Officer, BBVA Bank
“Using technology to deal with regulatory scrutiny.”
 Chip Williams Tony Liou President of Partner Energy
Chip Williams, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Studio Director, Principal, Gensler
“The bank branch of the future.”
Tony Liou
President, Partner Energy
“Smart buildings, smart returns.”
 Joe Derhake Rick Sharga
Joe Derhake, PE
CEO, Partner ESI
“How technology creates building obsolescence.”
Rick Sharga
Chief Marketing Officer, Ten-X (fomerly
“Tech changing the way CRE transactions Take Place.”

Partner Energy Joins Investor Confidence Project (ICP) as Project Developer

Partner Energy is now a certified Project Developer by Investor Confidence Project Partner Energy is certified as a Project Developer for Investor Confidence Project (ICP) and meets the requirements to produce ICP Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) projects for clients and investors.

Created by the Environmental Defense Council, the Investor Confidence Project is established as a means to standardize the energy efficiency origination process, therefore increasing investor confidence in project returns. Due to the ICP credential verification, investors and building owners alike can make investment decisions with increased confidence due to predicted savings.

The ICP screening process evaluates service providers on variety of skillsets and calls for a detailed list of project experience to determine their candidacy.

By meeting these high standards, Partner Energy will now be a pre-qualified and trusted solutions provider for energy efficiency projects nationwide. As part of this network, Partner Energy is assuring building owners and investors that energy efficiency projects will be engineered, installed, operated, and measured up to par with industry standards, therefore delivering more dependable financial return.

Partner Energy is honored to be selected amongst a large array of energy efficiency industry frontrunners, and looks forward to continuing to maximize energy efficiency, sustainability, and profitably for clients nationwide.

Partner Energy, GRESB® Premier Partner

Partner Energy GRESB Premier PartnerAs of January 2016, Partner Energy is designated a Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB ®) Premier Partner. With this new partnership with GRESB, Partner Energy will develop and implement technological solutions to reduce environmental impact and improve energy efficiency.

Partner Energy strives to help building and portfolio owners implement energy efficiency measures that strengthen and improve their assets. We are honored to work in support of the GRESB and their efforts to improve sustainability performance in the real estate sector worldwide.








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Sustainability Shifts to Must-Have

Tony and Clare were recently quoted in "Sustainability Shifts From Nice-to-Have to Must-Have".

Partner Energy’s Tony Liou and Partner Engineering and Science’s Clare Broderick, LEED AP, P.E.were recently quoted in “Sustainability Shifts From Nice-to-Have to Must-Have” in the latest edition of Real Estate Finance & Investment. The article by Elizabeth Blosfield addresses energy sustainability as a necessity in a real estate portfolio.

“‘Sustainability on the investor side is really just starting to gain momentum–not many people were asking for it in the past, and it wasn’t a big decision factor when deciding whether to invest,” says Tony Liou, Principal Engineer and President at Partner Energy, an energy efficiency consulting firm. “Today, we’re hearing more [investors] say it is a factor. Institutional investors are asking for sustainability, and fund managers have to have a plan to address this need.'”

Partner Energy Honored with Build It Green’s Community Partner Award

Partner Energy President, Tony Liou, accept Build It Green Award, Thursday, December 10th in Oakland, California. Partner Energy is honored to receive Build It Green’s 2015 Community Partner Award. A big congratulations goes out to Partner Energy’s Multifamily team and all those involved in ensuring that all our multifamily projects are successful!


Partner Hosts Successful GRESB Results in Los Angeles

Partner Energy and Partner Engineering and Science, Inc., co-hosted the first West Coast GRESB Results Event on Wednesday, November 4th. The event gathered industry experts to discuss approaches to sustainability and how GRESB has proven successful in advancing these efforts.President-of-Partner-Energy-Tony-Liou-offers-Opening-Remarks

Over 50 participants arrived to the Partner Headquarters, located in Torrance, California. The gathering attracted a large real estate industry presence, bringing in notable names such as TA Realty, Colony Capital, Kilroy Realty Corporation, and HCP, Inc.

A major highlight of the night was GRESB COO, Chris Pyke’s, global overview on the 2015 GRESB Results. The presentation addressed trends in data and assessment standings for the 2015 fiscal year – over 700, a new high count, fund and portfolio managers participated in the assessment this year. Participating funds represented $2.3 trillion of global real estate. A panel discussion formed after, discussing the real world successes and challenges of sustainability integration in real estate portfolios.

“We were thrilled and honored for the opportunity to host this event,” said John Rockwell, Program Manager at Partner Energy. “Sustainability integration in fund management is a trending topic in the real estate industry, Partner is excited to be on the forefront with GRESB.”

Prior to the Results presentation, Head of North America, GRESB, Dan Winters conducted a comprehensive GRESB Investor and Analyst Training program, which addressed emerging aspects of sustainability in real estate investment portfolios, ESG stewardship through GRESB, and a detailed technical walk-through of the annual GRESB Assessment.

Partner Energy Hosts West Coast GRESB Results Event

Partner Energy, nationwide provider of energy efficiency consulting services, has joined the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) organization as an Associate Member, and will host the 2015 GRESB Results Event and Investor Analyst Training on Wednesday, November 4th in Los Angeles, California.

GRESB is an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios (public, private and direct) around the globe. The GRESB is used by institutional investors to evaluate and engage with their real estate investments with the aim to improve the sustainability performance of their investment portfolio.

This exclusive and only West Coast event, will provide the release of the 2015 GRESB Survey results where GRESB COO, Chris Pyke, will present on GRESB insights. A fast-paced discussion on new opportunities and innovate ways of sustainability integration into real estate will follow the presentation.Partner Energy is hosting West Coast GRESB Results Event Wednesday, November 4th 2015.

Prior to the evening event, GRESB will hold an Investor and Analyst training program for GRESB members and other interested participants. The training session will explore how investors and GRESB Survey participants use the GRESB Benchmark Report results as a means to better understand and manage their portfolios.

GRESB has previously held a variety of GRESB Results presentations, both internationally and nationally, however, this event marks the first event held on the West Coast.

As an Associate Member, Partner Energy is called to assist and support participants with high quality disclosure of sustainability performance through the annual GRESB Survey.

Partner Energy will provide solutions such as benchmarking, energy studies, retro-commissioning, and project implementation support, to help report and improve participants’ sustainability performance.

Congratulations to BRIDGE Housing for their EBie Award win for Richmond City Center Apartments!

2015 EBie VB AwardAli Gaylord, Director of Development – Northern California for BRIDGE Housing, was named winner in the “Verdant Brainiac” category, which recognizes the most innovative green renovation project.

Partner Energy is proud to have been part of the team that led Richmond City Center to a property-wise energy savings of over 23%, while improving both operations and aesthetics.

Congratulations, Ali!