Rich Bluth Bluth: “So far, we have helped avoid greenhouse gas emissions that are equivalent to 2.4 million passenger-car miles.”

IRVINE, CA—Governor Brown’s aggressive goals for doubling the energy efficiency of existing buildings by 2030 will continue to drive new technologies, Irvine Co.’s VP of energy management Rich Bluth tells The development firm owns and operates the most ENERGY STAR-certified offices of any building owner in the nation, and three of the company’s new buildings—two at its “NextGen” Sand Canyon Business Center here and Eastgate Terrace (9779 Kettner) in La Jolla, CA—were among only 10 new developments nationwide to become “Designed to Earn the Energy STAR” certified in 2016.

Additionally, 400 Spectrum Center Dr., a 21-story campus opening this summer, has just become one of the first buildings in the nation to receive this recognition in 2017. And, the company owns the largest portfolio of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-certified office buildings in California and recently launched the world’s first fleet of hybrid-electric buildings in Orange County.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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