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20% Less by 2020

By Bis Now Published: April 18, 2013 Recently, we chatted with Dave Hodgins and Ben Stapleton—you may know Ben as the leader of JLL's global cleantech practice group. They run the LABBC program for the City of LA, which aims to cut energy use 20% by 2020 by providing incentives and support services to property owners in a sort of energy [...]


LA Better Buildings Challenge: Economic Growth by Modernizing Existing Buildings

By The Planning Report Published: May 8, 2013 Numerous studies have identified energy efficiency in existing buildings as a key strategic opportunity to drive economic recovery and future growth in the US. A recent McKinsey study concluded that the US economy has the potential to reduce annual non-transportation energy consumption by roughly 23 percent by [...]


August 28, 2013: Strategic Energy Management – Implementing a System for Organizational Success

Energy Management through ISO 50001 is a disciplined approach to reducing energy costs throughout your organization through a formal, scaleable process to monitor energy use, ensure management insight into energy consumption, rationally decide amongst energy saving options, secure management commitment to energy upgrades, and instill energy awareness into the organization’s culture...


July 25, 2013: Commercial Real Estate Brokers and Energy Efficiency – Increasing Transaction Value & Volume Through Retrofits

Energy costs represent one of the largest controllable expenses in owning, operating and leasing a building in today’s market, therefore, investment in energy efficiency is becoming a priority for both building owners and tenants alike. As the data becomes more widely available, it is being proven out that these investments in energy efficiency show increased ROI, higher rates of occupancy, and ultimately higher sale prices on a per square foot basis...


June 26, 2013: LABBC & USGBC LA Co-Host: Creating Value Through Innovative Financing Measures

While most agree that modernizing existing buildings is a prudent investment, a number of barriers have prevented the market from capturing the full opportunity, namely: competition with core business activities for limited capital dollars, misalignment of incentives between landlords and tenants, and difficulty securing repayment. But today there are financing options available in the marketplace specifically designed to overcome these barriers...


Obama opens climate change drive, bypassing Congress and urging action ‘before it’s too late’

By Associated Press Published: June 25, 2013 WASHINGTON — Appealing for courageous action “before it’s too late,” President Barack Obama launched a major second-term drive Tuesday to combat climate change and secure a safer planet, bypassing Congress as he sought to set a cornerstone of his legacy. Abandoning his suit jacket under a sweltering sun [...]


Tax Programs to Finance Clean Energy Catch On

By DIANE CARDWELL Published: June 21, 2013 Over the years, as Rick Murphy helped expand his family’s auto business in Edina, Minn., outside Minneapolis, he wanted to install solar panels to cut the electricity bills, but the upfront cost was too high.  Read the rest of the article in the New York Times


LABBC Technology Showcase

With 39 exhibitors, 27 fast pitch presentations, and nearly 200 in attendance, we can't wait to see what the turnout will be next year! Also, please check back shortly, as we will soon be posting the keynote address, panel discussion, and fast pitch presentations.