Posted by: BayAreaComRE | February 8, 2010

Green Initiative: Sustainability from an Architect’s Point of View

We are continuing our coverage on the green initiative, and how it affects our clients and business. The Green Initiative has many different players, and Sascha Wagner, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, and Robin Bass, LEED AP , architects from Huntsman Architectural Group here in San Francisco, argue a convincing case for owners and tenants to Go Green. Check out the full article here

His stance echoes our recent post on the green initiative (See BayAreaComRE article), and it’s always good to hear from someone on the front line. Here are a few excerpts from his story. He shows why tenants and landlords can save in the long run, and offers some practical solutions with tenant improvements and business operations.

“The question for both parties is how to do this in a way that makes a meaningful difference to both the environment and the bottom line. With the right resources and approach, this does not have to be an either-or scenario…And tenants and owners better act fast. Regulatory changes are on their way, and what is an incentive today may be a mandate in the very near future…”

“Potential cost savings are not limited to the construction process alone. Operating costs are by far the largest expense of a building, when considering its entire life-span. Reducing ongoing expenses is made even more relevant by today’s economic pressures.”

Keep tracking our coverage on the Green Initiative!



  1. That was a very interesting article. One point I particularly agreed with was the idea of buildings preemptively upgrading certain features in anticipation of some sort of green standards being put in place. Here in NYC, Mayor Bloomberg recently introduced plans for the NYC Green Code. The legislation is still being drafted.

    One issue the article neglects to mention however, is the fact that many building owners are hurting right now and cannot afford to pay their mortgage let alone consider upgrading the building. Payback periods are usually 5 years or so and landlords would love to do it, but just can’t.

    That being said, there’s no question that all new construction should be green, especially considering that the green premium has almost entirely disappeared.


    • Check out and view the buildings getting LEED certification in San Francisco. Its very surprising how many LL’s are making the move. That being said, we wanted to highlight the tenant side of the Green Initiative as well. The LL’s that are in trouble aren’t thinking about green, true, but then again Tenant’s aren’t thinking about their office space. We have too many options here in SF with solid ownership able to make concessions. Thanks for comment. We look forward to hearing more about NY’s green plans.

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