Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings

Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings

For Class B and C office buildings, there is a largely untapped business opportunity to improve their energy performance.

Multiple constraints have led Class B/C buildings to adopt energy efficient practices into their general business practice at a slower rate than Class A assets. However, incorporating energy efficiency investments and green leasing clauses into these buildings provides an excellent opportunity to add long-term value, through lower energy costs and better alignment with tenants.

To provide an outline for how to simplify and streamline energy efficiency and green leasing opportunities for Class B/C office buildings that are appropriately tailored to the reality of the market, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) worked with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Urban Land Institute (ULI) to create the Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings report.

Join BOMA, RMI, and ULI for this webinar highlighting key takeaways from the report and how to overcome the traditional challenges to energy efficiency in the Class B/C market. The webinar will also feature experts from both the property owner and property manager perspective speaking to how they gained a competitive edge from implementing energy efficiency and green leasing in Class B/C office buildings.


Learning Objectives

  • How to get started on energy efficiency in a Class B/C office building by understanding local efficiency regulations, identifying opportunities to improve, and benchmarking performance over time.
  • How to optimize resources to prioritize low-cost, high-value energy efficiency projects to achieve cost savings, energy savings, and buildings that are more comfortable to tenants.
  • How to reduce the cost-burden of capital-intensive energy efficiency retrofits through different financing options.
  • How to modernize the standard lease form to improve the economics of efficiency projects and engage tenants.



  • Bill Moebius, Senior Vice President/Regional Director, Peloton Commercial Real Estate
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies
  • Joey Cathcart, Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Matt Praske, Director of Energy and Sustainability, WashREIT
  • Marta Schantz (Moderator), SVP, Greenprint Center for Building Performance, Urban Land Institute
  • Joanne Arnold, Director of Research and TOBY, BOMA International


Date and Time

Thursday, May 28, 2020
1:00PM EDT



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Resilience Roundtable: Public Sector Meets Commercial Real Estate at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2019 Better Buildings Summit

Resilience Roundtable: Public Sector Meets Commercial Real Estate at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2019 Better Buildings Summit

Corporate Sustainability Strategies is pleased to announce Brenna Walraven has been asked by The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to speak at the 2019 Better Buildings Summit. Walraven was selected because she has demonstrated leadership and forward thinking in energy efficiency, sustainability, and resiliency for the real estate industry.


Resilience Roundtable

Learn how local governments can work with private building owners to ensure the resilience of their building stock. Commercial real estate fund and asset managers will share how investment decision-making around resilience is informing investments in commercial developments. Local government representatives will share their organizational strategies to enhance community resilience. Enjoy a lively facilitated discussion between private and public Better Buildings Challenge partners! This session is part 2 of 2 in a series around public and private sectors working together to meet resilience needs.



  • Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando, FL (LinkedIn)
  • Eric Friedman, Director, Leading by Example Program, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (LinkedIn)
  • Marta Schantz, Senior Vice President, Greenprint Center for Building Performance Urban Land Institute (LinkedIn)
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies (LinkedInTwitter)


Date and Time

Wednesday, July 10
3:30 PM


About U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Summit

The 2019 Summit will be held in the Washington, D.C. metro area (Arlington, VA) July 10-11, with pre-conference activities starting on July 9. This annual event for Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners and other key stakeholders provides the opportunity for professionals to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency. Attendees can expect two days of interactive sessions with industry experts and market leaders as well as many opportunities to network with peers.


Learn more and register.


ULI’s Financing for Sustainable Real Estate Projects Moderated by Brenna Walraven

ULI’s Financing for Sustainable Real Estate Projects Moderated by Brenna Walraven

Corporate Sustainability Strategies is pleased to announce Brenna Walraven is moderating Financing for Sustainable Real Estate Projects: Resources & Results for Urban Land Institute (ULI).

About the Webinar

As the business case for sustainable investments in real estate has grown, capital market entrepreneurs have developed new tools and strategies to finance real estate energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The third in ULI’s Responsible Property Investment Council’s (RPIC) webinar series, this one-hour webinar will provide an overview of some of the new tools helping developers get access to low-interest capital to finance sustainable new developments and energy efficiency property retrofits.

Panelists will discuss:

  • New lower interest “Green mortgages”
  • efficiency-as-a-service contracts, and
  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, as well as
  • some traditional finance tools that can be used to improve the economics of sustainable real estate project investments


  • Rachel Davis, Business Development Officer, Petros PACE Finance
  • Joe Indvik, Founder & Principal, Rock Creek Consulting LLC
  • Chrissa Pagitsas, Director, Green Financing Business, Fannie Mae
  • Brenna Walraven (moderator), President & CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies, Inc.

Date & Time

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Learn more about ULI’s webinar here.

About RPIC

The Responsible Property Investment Council (RPIC) aims to accelerate adoption and firmly embed “triple bottom line” principles as a core part of any real estate investment strategy and decision making process. What distinguishes the council is a proactive intent to deploy capital that generates risk adjusted market rate returns while creating social and/or environmental value. The Council focuses on a people-centered approach to real estate investment.  Council conversations and presentations delve into the links between resource use, cutting edge technology and building practices, protection of the natural environment and improvement in the lives of people, all of which serve to create robust economic returns.

Learn more about RPIC here.

About ULI

Urban Land Institute is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members.  Nearly 40,000 members worldwide, represent the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service.  A multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.

Learn more about ULI here.