Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Green Lease Library -- DOE Website

Green Lease Library 

About the Green Lease Library

This website is a collaboration between a number of stakeholders in the green leasing community (see below). It's purpose is to consolidate green leasing resources to provide a one-stop-shop for all audience types from building owners and tenants to lawyers and building raters. The green lease library is organized by resource type, and resources are tagged by relevance to audience and building types.

Green leases (also known as aligned leases, high performance leases, or energy efficient leases) align the financial and energy incentives of building owners and tenants to save money, conserve resources, and ensure the efficient operation of buildings.

Building leases lay out how energy costs are divided between tenants and owners, but they are often not structured to promote energy savings. Under most gross leases, for example, tenants have no incentive to save energy in their leased premises because energy costs are based on tenant square footage. Under most net leases, building owners have no incentive to invest in efficiency for their building systems because the operating expenses are passed through to tenants, who would therefore receive all of the energy cost savings.

Green leases promote energy efficiency by creating lease structures which equitably align the costs and benefits of efficiency investments between building owners and tenants.

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