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Emily Cowper

LORD Green Real Estate Strategies, Inc. Headquarters Achieves BREEAM USA In-Use Good Certification

Located nine miles northeast of downtown Dallas, the LORD Green Real Estate Strategies, Inc. headquarters is a 6,663 square foot, mid-century modern style building. The building, originally constructed in 1959, has undergone considerable renovations as well as additions in 2006 and 2013. LORD Green Strategies purchased the building in 2017 in order to fit the growing needs of the company and with the intention to incorporate the sustainable practices and strategies we have developed and offered to our clients for more than ten years. To further demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, and to assess applicability of various certification systems, we are seeking to achieve all relevant green building certifications for our headquarters, including BREEAM USA-In Use.

In order to achieve a Good rating, several improvements were implemented throughout the space. This included a whole building LED retrofit, the installation of a weather-based irrigation controller, and the addition of secure bicycle storage. Many existing sustainable features at the building also contributed to earning the Good rating, including close proximity to public transport, operable windows, and planted areas with native plants and a shaded outdoor space for employees.

The holistic assessment approach, which addresses areas such as resilience and health and well-being, resulted in a more comfortable and resilient work environment. Additionally, the certification framework helped guide the project team and establish many policies and procedures such as an environmental management policy and a sustainable procurement policy.

The BREEAM rating system provides the tools and guidance to increase building performance over time. The project team plans to pursue a higher benchmark rating within three years as well as pursue Part 3 Occupier Management to further demonstrate our commitment to sustainability.

On December 4th, Breana Wheeler of BRE presented our team with a certificate and congratulated us on our success. A BREEAM plaque will hang proudly in our space to recognize this achievement.

Thank you to our Director of Green Building Certifications, Alex Herold, and the entire LORD Green Strategies team for their hard work that went into achieving this prestigious certification!

For more information on the project, we invite you to check out this case study: https://www.breeam.com/case-studies/offices/lord-green-strategies-hq-usa/

LORD Green Real Estate Strategies Kicks Off 2019 Data Quality Assessment

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 1, 2019–World leader in sustainability consulting, LORD Green Real Estate Strategies, Inc. and GRESB, the global Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) benchmark for real assets, have piloted a new GRESB ESG Data Quality Standard and Quality Metric designed to ensure the quality and accuracy of sustainability data in commercial real estate assets.

As a GRESB Data Partner, LORD Green was the first to submit the 2019 GRESB Data Quality Assessment. This Assessment will provide the information necessary to develop the GRESB Data Quality Standard in 2020.

 

“Quality data is fundamental to advancing sustainability in the built environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC and GBCI. “I am excited that LORD Green Strategies and all of our Data Partners have come together in support of this initiative.”

 

GRESB, an investor-driven organization committed to assessing the ESG performance of real assets globally, assessed over 900 property companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs), funds, and developers participated in the Real Estate Assessment in 2018.

LORD Green, a GRESB Premier Partner, has submitted approximately 200 U.S. and International funds and REITS to GRESB on behalf of its clients, historically placing at the top of their Peer Groups.

“Since inception, LORD Green has pioneered the sustainability movement in commercial real estate. Our innovative team has always jumped at the opportunity to further advance the industry and raise the bar,” said LORD Green Founder and CEO, Mychele Lord.

The Data Quality Technical Working Group is a coordinated effort by GRESB to define, originate, and uphold the highest data quality standard possible in the GRESB Real Estate and Infrastructure Assessments. LORD Green has participated in all Working Group meetings, working in close collaboration with GRESB staff as well as industry organizations to advance ESG within real estate.

“On behalf of our clients and the industry, we take personal responsibility for being the leaders in Data Quality. All decisions start with good data,” stated LORD Green President, Aaron Anderson.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190401005969/en/

About LORD Green

LORD Green Real Estate Strategies, Inc. specializes in sustainability consulting services for commercial real estate owners. Our clients hold some of the largest commercial portfolios in the country, and LORD Green provides them with assessments and consulting for third-party certification schemes as well as portfolio-wide sustainability strategy development, monitoring and reporting. With a highly skilled and diverse team, LORD Green has established itself as a LEED Proven Provider and ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Partner and Top Certifier. www.lordgreenstrategies.com

About GRESB

Founded in 2009, GRESB provides real assets investors with actionable information and tools needed to proactively monitor and manage the ESG performance of their investments and prepare for increasingly rigorous sustainability issues at the forefront of business decision-making. GRESB defines the standard for sustainability performance in real assets providing standardized and etiquette validated ESG data to more than 75 institutional investors, representing over USD 18 trillion in institutional capital. www.gresb.com