Corporate Sustainability 2017-02-03T19:44:31+00:00

Corporate Sustainability

Healthy Buildings develops client-specific corporate sustainability programs by identifying and marketing our clients’ best practices, identifying improvement opportunities, analyzing costs and benefits, providing technical services to achieve operational efficiencies, and reporting on accomplishments.

Certification

Our team brings experience in a breadth of sustainability protocols and will work with your team to determine the best route for your company.  Some of the many programs that we have worked with include:

  • LEED
  • BOMA 360
  • Climate Registry
  • Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Compliance with Executive Order 13514 (Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance)
  • B Corporation

Sustainability Audits

Our sustainability audits include on-site inspections combined with interviews and employee/tenant surveys. Business-minded solutions and measures are identified in the following key performance areas:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Procurement
  • Water Efficiency
  • Waste Diversion and Recycling
  • Indoor Environmental Quality

Implementation

Healthy Buildings provides a breadth of implementation strategies including:

  • Developing corporate sustainability plans
  • Reporting on corporate sustainability practices
  • Conducting energy audits and Retro-commissioning
  • Studying renewable and alternative onsite generation opportunities
  • Providing proactive indoor environmental quality monitoring
  • Inventorying Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions
  • Managing LEED certifications
  • Generating Energy Star ratings

Reporting

Healthy Buildings assists clients in documenting existing sustainable practices. Our annual corporate sustainability reports are used to track progress towards environmental goals or requirements and market sustainable achievements. Through this process we also identify opportunities to enhance resource efficiency, increase employee productivity, ensure corporate responsibility, and increase value generation.

Healthy Buildings’ corporate sustainability reporting focuses on metrics and key performance indicators. We work with various carbon footprint and greenhouse gas inventories and tailor the approach to industry specifics. Our reports capture energy, waste, and water, as well as organizationally-based metrics like volunteer time or philanthropic programs.  We set a consumption baseline and analyze year-over-year changes to tell a story. Reports include a wide range of graphics and images and are supported by text which shares the progression of events including top-down and bottom-up initiatives that result in environmental footprint reduction and savings, as well as commitments to future projects.

Reports include but are not limited to the following:

  • Goal setting – identification of target carbon reductions
  • Year-over-year metrics
  • Graphics, charts, tables, and other illustrations

Benchmarking

In addition to energy benchmarking, Healthy Buildings offers a variety of benchmarking services to generate a baseline of building water and waste consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Benchmarking energy and resource use is vital to understanding a building’s current status in order to determine the opportunities for optimal savings. It also serves as a guide to understanding consumption patterns and trends for ongoing identification of changes and improvements.

Waste and Water

Healthy Buildings works with building owners and their vendors to obtain water consumption and waste/recycling data to track the building’s resource consumption. We help owners understand their resource use in terms of total consumption, consumption per square foot and per building occupant, and to track patterns over time and identify reduction opportunities.

BOMA 360

Healthy Buildings helps building owners and managers stand out as industry leaders by achieving the BOMA 360 Performance Program designation. The program allows for real estate professionals to demonstrate to owners, tenants and prospective tenants that their buildings are managed to the highest standards of excellence.

 

Phase 1: Feasibility Assessment

Healthy Buildings gathers building information through a feasibility survey to determine the viability of building certification. This information is compiled into an assessment report containing a preliminary scorecard, probability for credit achievement, and certification cost estimates.

 

Phase 2: Documentation Preparation

Healthy Buildings assists the building’s BOMA 360 team with acquiring the correct documentation and verifying that all requirements are met. Healthy Buildings streamlines the process by assisting facilities with generating the necessary policies and plans required to implement best management practices and acquire certification, as well as by providing technical services such as energy auditing, retro-commissioning, and indoor air quality services that may be necessary for designation.

 

Phase 3: Achievement

Healthy Buildings manages the entire BOMA 360 process by preparing and uploading all required documentation through the BOMA 360 website.

Climate Solutions

Healthy Buildings quantifies Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for facilities and company-wide portfolios. Once a baseline is established, the facility GHG emissions are tracked continuously over time to adhere to the client’s reporting requirements.  Healthy Buildings calculates Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 and 3 emissions (indirect) in carbon equivalents.

Hotel Sustainability

Healthy Buildings has a proven track record for achieving hotel sustainability program certifications. Our strategic certification approach facilitates a streamlined process without burdening key employees or demanding too much time out of their daily responsibilities. We provide easy to use templates to document existing practices and metrics and our team handles the documentation process.

Certification

Our team brings experience in a breadth of hotel sustainability protocols and will work with your team to determine the best route for your hotel.  Some of the many programs that we have worked with include:

  • LEED
  • BOMA 360
  • Green Key
  • LECS (Luxury Eco Certification)

For hotels ineligible or uninterested in established sustainable certification programs, Healthy Buildings’ offers a strategic approach which develops a sustainability accomplishments record based on measureable successes in the following areas:

• Recycling and Source Reduction
• Water Efficiency
• Energy Efficiency
• Indoor Environmental Quality
• Land Use
• Community Involvement

In addition, we develop a roadmap based on opportunities for improvement including the following breakdown of actions:

• Quarter 1: Program Setup and Benchmarking
• Quarter 2: Vendor Inquiry and Policy Development
• Quarter 3: Program Implementation
• Quarter 4: Continuous Evaluation and Capital Projects

We work with hotels to implement sustainability improvements including (but not limited to):

• Energy auditing
• Retro-commissioning
• Renewable energy assessment
• Submetering
• Waste reduction strategies
• Implementation of water efficiency technologies
• Employee engagement
• Guest communications

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