Best Practices in Sustainable Real Estate

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Decarbonizing the Built Environment: 10 Principles for Climate Mitigation Policies 

With leading cities refining their climate action plans and hundreds of more cities preparing to develop plans, the public and private sectors can unite around a set of principles to help accelerate progress toward these shared climate action goals. This recent report from ULI Greenprint, prepared in partnership with USDN, serves as a starting point for cities interested in engaging real estate leaders during the shaping of climate mitigation policies, and for real estate organizations to increase their understanding of the potential impact of these policies—providing useful tools to help city officials and those in the real estate industry engage with each other in a meaningful and ongoing way.


Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings

This report assesses hows how improving the energy efficiency of Class B and C office buildings is doable with relatively simple, lower-cost measures that not only enhance building performance, but boost property values to make the buildings more competitive.





Embodied Carbon in Building Materials for Real Estate

This report prepares the real estate market for a low-carbon materials future, makes the business case for why real estate should pay attention, highlights smart steps to reduce embodied carbon, and showcases peers already addressing the issue.


Sustainability in Hotels: Opportunities and Trends Shaping the Future of Hospitality

This report assesses the state of sustainability in the hotel sector, identifying best practices in energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction; highlighting industry trends to watch; and finding solutions for obstacles to sustainability, with a goal of accelerating the market’s move toward a more sustainable and impactful future.



Embedding Sustainability in Real Estate Transactions

This ULI toolkit provides guidelines on how to incorporate the value of sustainability in transactions. It includes best practices from more than 30 ULI real estate leaders actively involved in real estate transactions.





Best Practices for Achieving Zero Over Time For Building Portfolios

In partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute this report outlines our zero-over-time (ZOT) approach to help portfolio owners navigate the barriers to achieving net zero energy by providing a roadmap to achieve cost-effective deep energy retrofits over time.





Science Based Targets:  The Next Level of Carbon Reduction and Sustainability Goals in Real Estate retrofits over time

As companies continue to push the envelope on global sustainability in the built environment, some are looking to a new movement, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), to calculate and drive their long-term goals.Download below.



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