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BOMI High Performance Building Principles (HP1) Course

BOMI High Performance Building Principles (HP1) Course

The Building Owners & Managers Institute International or BOMI will be presenting their High Performance Sustainable Buildings program.  Brenna Walraven will be teaching and mentoring during these courses.

The program consists of three courses:

  • High Performance Sustainable Buildings – Principles (Thursday to Sat, August 24-26, 2017) at Oracle Corporate Head Quarters.
  • High Performance Sustainable Buildings – Practices (HP2) will be held in Oct 18-20, 2017.
  • High Performance Sustainable Buildings – Investments (HP3) will be held Feb 15-17, 2018

While being hosted by Oracle, it is open to the public.  For more information, please visit the BOMI website at

Brenna at the 2017 Smart Building Energy Summit

The Building Energy Summit® is an annual conference designed to educate building owners and operators on energy efficient technologies and solutions, collaborate on best practices, share successful case studies, and provide the resources needed to take action.

This year’s Summit focuses on the integration of new technologies into building operations — from smart building solutions, to advanced data and analytics, to cloud based monitoring and controls. Senior real estate executives will join technology and energy experts to present new approaches to efficiency in buildings, as well as the added benefits associated with creating a better workplace.

Highlights of the 2017 Building Energy Summit®:

  • Keynote presentations by nationally renowned speakers
  • Case study presentations of the smartest, most energy efficient buildings
  • 16 educational sessions in 4 different tracks, featuring leading building owners, technology leaders, and energy experts
  • Multiple networking events to meet and collaborate with other attendees
  • Resource Pavilion with best in class solution and technology providers
  • Join us on April 27, 2017 in Washington, DC at the industry’s premier event for owners and operators of energy efficient buildings!

Brenna Walraven is speaking on “Building  Performance that Pays – Insights from the 1st IREM Energy  Efficiency Survey”.

Come by and be a part of this informative session!

Executive Summary

As more real estate professionals are realizing, energy information is powerful. Data on a building’s energy demand and consumption helps control expenses and position the property for success in the market. Tenants have become savvy about the operating costs of the spaces they lease—and the relative affordability of energy-efficient real estate compared to conventional alternatives.

The industry has reached a point where those knowledgeable of energy efficiency and the power of energy information pursue reductions in energy use as part of normal operating procedures. How widespread is the practice of improving building energy performance? The IREM Energy Efficiency Survey, developed in collaboration with the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), sought to answer these questions. Just as data on an individual building allows a property management team to pursue actions and projects to improve performance, IREM and IMT intend to use survey data to inform the development of programs and resources to help the industry advance. IREM will also provide survey data to the market to allow real estate owners and managers to assess their own practices, perceptions, skills, and knowledge. While the survey addressed a variety of topics related to energy management, this report focuses on energy efficiency finance using relevant survey results, as well as commentary from industry experts, to support the narrative.


Purchase the survey here:

CBRE National Real Green Research Challenge

CBRE National Real Green Research Challenge

The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index is CBRE’s annual comprehensive review of the growth of green research and building certifications in the 30 largest U.S. office markets.

Tracking the growth of both EPA ENERGY STAR® and USGBC LEED® certifications, this study is the first ever to accurately measure the rise of these important environmental recognitions in the commercial real estate market. The analysis develops both national and individual statistics with supporting narrative examinations of each market, allowing comparisons between marketplaces. Additionally, this year’s green research study examines building performance by various size categories, providing further analytical detail to this increasingly important market phenomena.

The project was accomplished by a research team from Maastricht University, supported by CBRE market research as well as EPA ENERGY STAR and USGBC LEED data.

Download the 2015 National Green Building Adoption Index at CBRE

Executive High-Performance Smart Building Symposium

Executive High-Performance Smart Building Symposium

Brenna Walraven will be co-chairing the Realcomm 2017 5th Annual Sustainability Executive High-Performance Smart Building Symposium, June 13th – 15th.

Realcomm 2017 will be held in San Diego, CA, a region that is one of the most diverse and dynamic in the country. Recognized as one of the leading high-tech hubs in the U.S., San Diego’s innovative economy is anchored by established life science, communications, cleantech and software industries fueled by a collaborative culture and sophisticated support systems focused on commercializing research and growing entrepreneurial, knowledge-based companies. Our close proximity to many successful tech firms allows unprecedented access to amazing speakers and visionaries from this region on topics such as: Cybersecurity, Next Generation Workplace Design and Strategy; Comprehensive Information Management Solutions; and Smart, Connected, High Performance, Energy Efficient, Sustainable, and Intelligent Buildings and Campuses.

The Realcomm | IBcon Expo floor will feature more than 150 leading technology solutions providers, giving attendees access to representatives who will share solutions specific to our industry. Dynamic Education Programs, Solution Provider Expo, LIVE Interviews, Tech Briefings and Tours, Networking – these are just a few of the many things that keep Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Real Estate, Institutional and Government IT, Facilities, Energy, Sustainability and HR Professionals coming back to Realcomm year after year!!


The Geography of American Climate Confusion

The Geography of American Climate Confusion

Climate change may seem like a complicated issue, but it’s actually simple if you understand five key facts, according to Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.
They are: 1. It’s real. 2. It’s us. 3. Scientists agree. 4. It’s bad. And: 5. There’s hope.

Read more on this at (link).