Forest City Realty Trust is a national real estate company engaged in owning, developing, managing and acquiring commercial and residential properties. The company integrates ENERGY STAR® into all aspects of its portfolio, from specifying efficient appliances in new construction to benchmarking 100 percent of its properties in Portfolio Manager®. Forest City is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for fully integrating ENERGY STAR into its internal energy management platform. Key 2017 accomplishments include:
- Benchmarking 100 percent of its portfolio in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, representing more than 35 million square feet of commercial real estate.
- Improving its average portfolio ENERGY STAR score by 6 percent over 2016.
- Achieving ENERGY STAR Certification for six office and four multifamily residential properties, and requiring 100 percent of new homes built in its Stapleton community to be certified, representing the largest ENERGY STAR community in Colorado.
- Training 100 percent of apartment property management teams on its custom internal Energy Reporting Dashboards that are linked directly to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
- Communicating ENERGY STAR benefits to all residents and tenants in certified buildings via posted logo signage and other resident communications, such as newsletters and meetings.
- Incorporating benefits of the ENERGY STAR products and other energy and water-saving features available in its apartments into its Property Positioning and Leasing Training materials.
Bozzuto Management Company is a leading manager of rental housing communities in the eastern United States, representing 67,000 market-rate apartment homes. Bozzuto is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year recognition for promoting the ENERGY STAR program across its portfolio and for its energy management efforts. Key 2017 accomplishments include:
- Pursuing 100 percent benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® for all managed assets, and achieving energy reductions of 3.3 percent and 1.8 percent in site and source energy usage, respectively, across entire portfolio over 2016. The savings equates to nearly $4.3 million, for a total of $8.4 million during the past two years.
- Achieving ENERGY STAR certification for 20 of their managed communities, an increase of over 40 percent over the previous year’s total.
- Maintaining momentum of the National Building Competition, Battle of the Buildings, into two self-initiated energy and water contests: War of the Watts I & II.
- Communicating the value of ENERGY STAR to an audience via a robust and strategic communications platform, including industry speaking engagements, webinars to nationally distributed publications, as well as a streamlined social media presence and an employee-focused quarterly newsletter.
- Linking operations and maintenance activities to energy performance, highlighting ENERGY STAR scores on a highly visible web-based platform available to all employees.
- Developing training modules for site teams that highlight the benefits of ENERGY STAR, and the specific high-efficiency features and management behaviors of their communities.