City Reports

Climate Mitigation at the City Level

ULI Greenprint’s global community of practice includes real estate owners and investors that have committed to voluntary energy benchmarking since 2009. By partnering with other voluntary and mandatory benchmarking initiatives and jointly producing benchmarking reports, ULI Greenprint is able to collaborate to analyze data trends, share lessons learned and best practices, and provide recommendations for future efforts. These reports present energy consumption benchmarks and analyze year-over-year environmental performance for a subset of properties within a specific geographic area.


Decarbonizing the Built Environment

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.


San Francisco, California

The San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Performance Report 2010-2014 is the result of a collaboration between Greenprint and the San Francisco Department of the Environment. The report found that energy consumption by commercial properties in San Francisco has declined significantly since 2011 after the implementation of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.



Washington, DC

DowntownDC established the DowntownDC area as an ecoDistrict in 2011 to provide a framework in which to educate and promote sustainable practices such as the better management of energy, water and waste and multi-modal transportation investments. The DowntownDC ecoDistrict’s goals include reducing peak and overall energy consumption, enhancing economic performance, and increasing market share of downtown buildings. The DowntownDC ecoDistrict supports developing and promoting DowntownDC as one of the most sustainable downtowns in the world.

Together the ULI Greenprint Center and DowntownDC developed two Building Performance Reports, one on office buildings, and the second on multifamily and office properties. These reports created by both organizations offers a glimpse of the analysis that is possible for the metro Washington, D.C., real estate market and is the starting point to examine trends and opportunities specific to properties in metro Washington.

Volume 1: 2012 DC Performance Report

Volume 2: 2013 DC Performance Report