IREM Global Summit | Chicago | October 10-13

IREM Global Summit | Chicago | October 10-13

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Sustainability Certification - Office Requirements

Prerequisites

  • At least 25,000 square feet
  • At least 18 months after substantial completion or repositioning
  • At least 75% occupancy
  • Smoke-free building
  • In compliance with all environmental laws
  • Commitment to respond to IREM survey annually

Baseline Requirements – All Properties Must Complete

Management

Perform a sustainability market analysis

Management

Discuss sustainability and investment goals with owner or supervisor

Management

Commit to monitoring the effect of sustainability on property financials

Management

Hold meetings with your staff team, at least quarterly, to discuss progress on sustainability program

Management

Establish a plan for marketing your sustainability success

Energy

Establish an energy management policy

Energy

Benchmark energy use in areas under management control

Water

Establish a water management policy

Water

Benchmark water use in areas under management control

Health

Establish an IAQ management plan

Health

Conduct an IAQ walk-through in areas under management control

Recycling

Assess your recycling practices and options

Recycling

Conduct a waste and recycling container audit

Purchasing

Establish a sustainable purchasing policy

Purchasing

Assess your purchasing practices and options

Options for Each Category

  • Earn a minimum of 2 points in each category
  • Accumulate at least 62 total points by completing the activities of your choice
  • Download the Office Checklist to track the points you earn
  • Click on each category to view your options
 

Energy

  • Commit to ongoing training on energy management for engineering team
  • Hold periodic property manager-building engineer meetings to discuss energy management and property financials
  • Conduct a walk-through to detect malfunctioning equipment and opportunities for improvement
  • Provide information to tenants on energy management
  • Recommend ENERGY STAR equipment for tenant improvements
  • Reduce energy consumption by 5% over baseline in areas under management control
  • Conduct an energy meter inventory
  • Determine if onsite renewable energy installations are feasible for the property
  • Reduce energy consumption by 10% over baseline in areas under management control
  • Reduce energy consumption by 15% over baseline in areas under management control
  • Achieve an ENERGY STAR Score of at least 60
  • Implement at least one green or energy-aligned lease
  • You can claim all points in this category if your property has achieved the ENERGY STAR property certification, LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, Green Globes for Existing Buildings, or an IREM-approved local standard.

Water

  • Commit to ongoing training on water management for engineering team
  • Check for water leaks
  • Provide information to tenants on water management
  • Establish a plan for improving water efficiency in landscaping
  • Install high-efficiency fixtures in areas under management control
  • Conduct an inventory of water meters
  • Reduce water consumption by 5% over baseline in areas under management control
  • Reduce water consumption by 10% over baseline in areas under management control
  • Install a water reuse system
  • You can claim all points in this category if your property has a chieved LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, Green Globes for Existing Buildings, or an IREM-approved local standard.

 

Health

  • Establish a green construction policy for renovations and tenant improvements
  • Engage tenants in health and wellness
  • Provide filtered water for building occupants and guests in common areas
  • Provide at least 3 healthy options in vending machines
  • Recommend green-certified materials for tenant improvements
  • Recommend healthy lighting for tenant improvements
  • Conduct an IEQ survey
  • Use green-certified materials in areas under management control
  • Employ green cleaning services for areas under management control
  • Ensure ventilation meets ASHRAE standards
  • Provide an onsite fitness facility and/or other wellness-inspired amenities for building occupants
  • Obtain indoor air quality testing
  • You can claim all points in this category if your property has achieved the WELL Building Standard.

 

Recycling

  • Install recycling signage throughout the property
  • Provide information on recycling program to tenants
  • Establish a construction waste management plan for renovations and tenant improvements
  • Establish a policy for recycling e-waste, batteries, light bulbs, and bulk items
  • Set diversion rate goals for the property
  • Improve the property's diversion rate by 10%
  • Hold regular recycling and/or donation drives for building occupants
  • Conduct a waste stream audit
  • Establish recycling services
  • Improve the property’s diversion rate by 15%
  • Improve the property's diversion rate by 20%
  • Establish additional recycling services
  • You can claim all points in this category if your property has achieved LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, Green Globes for Existing Buildings, or an IREM-approved local standard.

 

Purchasing

  • Use green-certified products in common areas
  • Use sustainable products for copier operations
  • Use compostable paper products (cups, forks, etc.) for management operations
  • Purchase green power, carbon offsets, or renewable energy credits for areas under management control
  • Work with vendors to decrease packaging materials for orders
  • Include sustainability clauses in vendor contracts
  • You can claim all points in this category if your property has achieved LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, Green Globes for Existing Buildings, or an IREM-approved local standard.