Washington, D.C. – The LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Existing Buildings pilot program, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), reports record levels of participation, and is the largest pilot of a LEED product due to market demand in USGBC history. “The response we received from the marketplace is very exciting,” says Michael Arny, chairman of the LEED EB committee and president of Leonardo Academy. “It shows that building owners and managers want to use LEED EB to benchmark the continuous operation of their buildings in an environmentally sustainable way, as much as [project] teams want to build green using LEED NB [LEED 2.0 for New Construction and Major Renovations].”
Comprising more than 17 million square feet of floorspace, 65 buildings representing 51 companies and organizations have been selected for participation. The LEED EB program will focus exclusively on building upgrades and building operations. For more information about LEED or the USGBC, visit (www.usgbc.org).
Historic Downtown Welcomes New Development
Chula Vista, CA – The highly anticipated Gateway Chula Vista business and retail center finished construction on Phase I in June 2002, and construction is planned on the second of the three-phase project soon. The $80 million, multi-use commercial complex is a joint project of Gateway Chula Vista LLC, a collaboration of experienced real estate developers, and the City of Chula Vista’s Redevelopment Agency. When completed the complex will be 346,000 square feet.
The first phase of the complex features 102,259 rentable square feet of office and retail space, and offers all the modern amenities of Class A buildings: high-speed fiber optic Internet access, superior security, and professional on-site management and concierge services. This is the first major development in the city’s historic downtown in almost 20 years. For more information on Gateway Chula Vista, visit (www.mountainwestre.com).
Chicago, IL – Curious about income and operating expenses in your market place? The Institute of Real Estate Management® (IREM), a professional organization for property managers around the country, has released the 2002 editions of its Income/Expense Analysis®.
IREM’s reports provide quality income and expense data for private-sector office buildings, multi-family properties, community associations, federally assisted properties, and shopping centers in the top metropolitan markets in the United States and Canada. Included are detailed data breakdowns on rent, maintenance, taxes, payroll, utilities, insurance, and vacancies. To purchase a copy, call (800) 837-0706 ext. 4650, or order online at (www.irem.org).
Breaking the Mold
Vancouver, WA – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is taking action to create a much-needed mold standard. The IICRC’s Mold Remediation Standard Task Force met in Sacramento in early September and established a draft of the Reference Guide Outline during this meeting. The Institute hopes to publish a White Paper during first quarter-2003 for peer review and comments, and consequently use feedback to write the IICRC Mold Remediation Standard. To find out more, visit (www.iicrc.org).