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Solar Technology Reference Guide

Solar Technology for Commercial Property Owners

The Solar Technology Reference Guide enables commercial property owners to take an active role in deciding which solar panel products are best-suited to install on their buildings. The guide identifies the benefits and limitations of a range of photovoltaic modules (i.e. solar panels) on the market today, such as glass laminate modules, tubular modules, flexible roll thin film modules, fiberglass-backed modules, and concentrator modules. Typical applications and market penetration are reviewed.

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The Political Economy of Green Industrial Warehouses

Political Economy of Green Industrial Warehouses

This research found that "green" warehouses in politically conservative areas rent at a significant discount relatively to their non-certified counterparts, while similar properties in politically liberal areas rent at a significant premium.

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Spatial Penetration and Performance of LEED Ratings & Certification Levels Among Office Buildings

Spatial Penetration and Performance of LEED Ratings Certification

This paper focuses on class A and B office buildings across the U.S. with 50,000 square feet or more and has a threefold goal: i) provide an overview of the office building distribution among the ratings and certification levels from the inception of the USGBC until today; ii) examine the spatial penetration of the ratings and certification levels across the mainland U.S. states and iii) examine closely the rent and vacancy performance of LEED-EB before and after their designation while controlling for the latest financial crisis.

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Wind Energy Facilities and Residential Properties: The Effect of Proximity and View on Sales Prices

Wind Energy Facilities and Residential Properties

This paper studies whether residential property values may be adversely affected by wind energy facilities. The present research investigates roughly 7,500 sales of single-family homes surrounding 24 existing U.S. wind facilities.

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Rooftop Revenue: Making Underutilized Space Profitable Through Energy Harvesting

Rooftop Revenue by use of Energy Harvesting

This white paper helps owners/developers make a decision about which (if any) energy-harvesting devices to install on their properties. Commercial real estate property owners will find a wealth of information on installations, maintenance, reliability and financial returns.

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Exploration of LEED Design Approaches for Warehouse and Distribution Centers

Exploration of LEED Design Approaches

The research examined sustainable design practices particular to warehouse and distribution centers and offered recommendations organized around the LEED Core and Shell approach that could readily be achieved within standard design/construction approaches; points that address the unique characteristics of distribution centers as a building type. The report is currently under review by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Going Green: Tips, Tools and Examples from the Field

Going Green - Tips Tools and Examples

This research report identified various green strategies that can be used to improve the sustainability of a building while still meeting return-on-investment objectives. Included in the report are recommendations concerning: vehicular pavement; pedestrian pavement; irrigation; windows; roof; HVAC; and interior lighting.

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Green Building Incentives That Work

Green Building Incentives That Work

This study covered the scope of green building incentives being offered across state and local governments in the U.S. as of August 2007 to assist developers who want to build green; includes an Appendix of local government programs, policies and incentives by state and city.

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