Partnership launched to unlock billions in energy savings

A new partnership aims to overcome a lack of awareness and weak demand for energy-efficient spaces to help America’s commercial, retail, industrial and office buildings save billions in energy costs each year, according to a release.

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) have launched the Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership, a coordinated national effort to reduce energy use in leased spaces.

“Tenants use over half the energy consumed in leased spaces across the U.S. Often this energy is wasted by inefficient operations and equipment, so much so that their combined potential energy savings could be equivalent to taking the country of Mexico off the grid,” said Adam Sledd, director of market engagement at IMT.

The Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership will build upon standards for energy-aligned leasing (or “green leasing”) practices established by IMT and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Green Lease Leaders program, improve the tenant site selection process, increase transparency of tenant utility consumption in office and retail buildings, promote adoption of energy-efficient build-out methods and increase landlord-tenant interaction to enable energy-saving efforts throughout the course of a tenant’s lease. All of these practices position tenants and landlords to make more-informed business decisions regarding their operations and leased space.

“Energy management within leased stores continues to be a challenge for many retailers. This partnership is an opportunity to engage all relevant parties to overcome these obstacles as an industry and establish leading practices moving forward,” said Erin Hiatt, senior manager for sustainability and compliance at RILA. “Ultimately, our goal for this partnership is to help both tenants and landlords work together to unlock energy-saving and cost-saving opportunities.”

Announced at RILA’s annual Retail Sustainability & Environmental Compliance conference, the partnership builds upon the founding organizations’ deep relationships with some of the country’s largest tenants, building owners, real estate brokers, investors and energy service companies. It will also coordinate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program and U.S. Department of Energy's upcoming tenant-focused initiative. 

How the Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership Works

To kick off its efforts, the partnership has established an advisory group of representatives from some of the largest companies with national real estate portfolios, including CBRE, Kimco Realty Corp. and Nike. (The current list of advisors can be found at In addition, the partnership will assist the EPA convene a roundtable of experienced retailers to discuss EPA’s upcoming tenant-focused recognition program.

Participants will receive access to expert one-on-one guidance on implementing energy efficiency in leased spaces, best-in-class resources such as model lease language and build-out specifications, insights into leading landlord-tenant issues such as data sharing efforts, and access to innovative pilot projects and business models.

“The Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership offers a path for more businesses to tap into the many efficiency benefits that are possible with today’s advancements in technology and financing,” said Audi Banny, senior manager of market engagement at IMT. “We look forward to working with participants to drive this collective change.”


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Saving Products, ENERGY STAR, Engineering Firms, Great Commercial Buildings, Sustainable Communities, Technology, Urban Planning and Design

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