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IRVINE, CA—The Irvine Co.‘s new fleet of hybrid-electric buildings joins other advances in building sustainability, such the analytics of controlling building systems and the use of biodegradable soap in restrooms that’s made from recycled materials, Rich Bluth, the firm’s VP of energy management, tells GlobeSt.com. The company recently announced plans to become the world’s first major real estate company to create a fleet of such buildings powered by state-of-the-art energy-storage systems from Tesla Energy. We spoke with Bluth about the concept and what it represents regarding sustainability in commercial real estate development.


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