Understanding LEED Certification

LEED Certification Logos

Since 1993 LEED has revolutionized the way we think about planning, constructing, maintaining and operating buildings as well as communities. What is LEED? According to the U.S. Building Council a LEED (which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified project is one that is resource efficient and utilizes less water and energy. LEED … Read more

Community Partnership: Habitat for Humanity & CBRE Cares

Playing Golf to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

Monterey Energy recently partnered with the CBRE Cares Foundation, a charitable organization founded by CBRE Group, Inc., to participate in the 2017 CBRE Cares Golf Tournament benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Monterey Energy is committed to supporting philanthropic projects in our communities and appreciates the opportunity that CBRE Cares provides to support volunteerism and locally driven … Read more

Benefits Spanning Portfolio & Properties

Working on a property portfolio

Energy-Efficiency Portfolio Wide Ultimately, the reasons for companies to invest in their portfolio through retrofitting or replacing inefficient equipment with more efficient parts or equipment condenses down to two goals: Social interests: environmental issues and resource conservation Economic interests: to reduce energy costs and lower utility bills For companies with a diverse portfolio of property … Read more

Rebate Program Pitfalls

Rebate paperwork can be complicated

Government agencies, utilities and others offer a variety of tax credits, rebates and other incentives to support energy efficiency. Companies can do their part by using renewable energy sources to conserve energy and lessen pollution. Even small changes can add up to big savings. For example, lighting can account for approximately 20-30% of the energy … Read more

Tech Trends in Collegiate Housing

collegiate housing, tech trends, internet of things

With the population of most collegiate housing units becoming more and more tech-savvy, residence halls and multifamily housing property owners are incorporating more and more technical upgrades into their housing construction. IoT & Collegiate Housing The biggest trend in collegiate housing is increasing online accessibility to basic services provided by management. This includes being able to … Read more

2017 Updates for Southern California Edison’s Multifamily Rebate Program

So Cal Edisons Rebate Program reduces the cost of investing in energy efficient products.

Southern California Edison’s rebate program is a comprehensive cost savings program that allows their customers to install energy efficient upgrades at little or no cost to the consumer. Their no-cost program includes qualified lighting, faucet aerators and low flow shower heads. These upgrades are easy first step options and can lower the cost of energy … Read more

Energy Efficient Solutions to Light Pollution

Reducing Light Pollution can be accomplished with better designed streetlights

As the world’s population grows, unfortunately so does the output of light pollution. Light pollution is defined as, “the inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light.” The problem of light pollution affects the environment around us, including plants and animals. Often times, light pollution distracts from or completely inhibits our ability to see the stars … Read more