DALLAS-Trammell Crow Company has joined forces with the US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Partnership to advance its commercial real estate structures’ energy performance, thereby increasing the value and profitability of those income-generating properties. The goal is to eliminate waste and decrease operating costs, and if successful, Trammell Crow will receive the EPA program’s’ coveted Mark of Excellence in Energy Performance label.

“TCC believes it is in the best interest of our clients to adopt an energy-efficiency strategy that enhances the value and competitiveness of properties we manage,” company principal Mike Nalley notes in a press release. He tells GlobeSt.com, “we’re really excited about it.”

EPA estimates show utilities account for about one-third of a structures operating expenses. The organization concludes that a 30% savings in such expenses could lead to a 6% increase in net operating income at a competitive internal rate of return for a property.

The partnership “is an opportunity to benchmark all of our office buildings in a consistent format,” Nalley tells GlobeSt.com. “Our job is to save our owners money and operate in the most efficient way we can, and this is a great tool in that direction.”

The EPA recently launched a new campaign for the program by circulating five energy-efficiency suggestions for businesses, as well as consumers and homeowners. The tips center on replacing energy-utilizing equipment — such as light bulbs, heating systems, and electronics — with ENERGY STAR®-labeled products. ENERGY STAR Partnership began about a decade ago as the Energy Star Computers Program. It has since been expanded to cover more than just computer equipment, but it remains a voluntary government-industry program and has seen great success over the last 10 years.

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