Alec Manfre Alec Manfre

There is a movement toward reducing the energy consumption in commercial buildings, both in the culture and in new regulations, like L.A.’s Green New Deal. While many owners have already made an investment to reduce costs, often benefiting from decreased energy bills, others are falling behind over concerns about the cost of upgrades. Alec Manfre, CEO of smart building software company Bractlet, however, says that there are several ways to reduce energy consumption, from minor improvements to existing functions to expensive full remodels.

“We generally like to put opportunities for investment into three categories. The first is to optimize the systems that are already there,” Manfre tells “Typically, we might find 10% to 20% savings in a building by upgrading the existing systems. That could include putting new control algorithms that are more responsive to the real-time demand of the building and can take advantage of thermo-dynamic effects in an internal and external environment to get things to operate more efficiently.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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