Tishman Speyer invites you to join us in celebrating Earth Day on April 22, 2015. Aimed at showcasing our enduring commitment towards a greener future and raising awareness of sustainable practices in our properties, Tishman Speyer will be hosting and supporting a number of events from April 21 to 23.
At Tishman Speyer, we are dedicated to ensuring that every building we develop, refurbish or manage creates a long-term, sustainable environment for our tenants and our communities. With these events around the country, we hope to inspire tenants by demonstrating how sustainable practices improve their lives at the workplace and beyond. Find out what events are happening in your area. Event Schedule
Buildings account for 40% of energy consumption worldwide, producing carbon emissions that dwarf those that cars and other forms of transportation produce. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings can have a significant impact on the world’s goals to mitigate the impact of climate change.
We implemented energy-monitoring software to track our energy consumption in real-time, which allow our in-house engineering staff to make adjustments to optimize use.
Since taking over operations of this property, total energy savings have been improved by 50%, amounting to a cost savings of 39%.
Environmental quality is impacted by the chemicals used in everyday life – from the ones found in cleaning and pest-control solutions to those off-gassing from the materials that make up buildings, infrastructure, transportation, furniture and more. By making ecologically sensible and wellness-friendly choices for the workplace, we limit chemical exposure and reduce toxic emissions into the environment.
We implemented energy-monitoring software to track our energy consumption in real time, and allow our in-house engineering staff to make adjustments to optimize use.
The Franklin is committed to reducing building-occupant exposure to harmful chemicals by utilizing Green Seal and other eco-labeled chemicals as part of their comprehensive green cleaning program. The building also recycles all light bulbs replaced throughout the complex and has a battery-drop-off point in the lobby for building occupants in an effort to prevent mercury and other heavy metals from entering the waste stream.
Sixty percent of the raw materials used in the entire U.S. economy are applied to building construction. Relying on salvaged and recycled building materials shrinks the global carbon footprint by reducing the need to obtain, process and ship raw material for construction. In addition to recycled and repurposed materials, environmentally responsible building practices include installing insulated windows, deploying locally sourced supplies, choosing rapidly renewing resources (like bamboo) or plant-based substances, and more.
Almost all new development projects globally are reaching sustainability standards of LEED® Gold or higher. One of the main components of achieving LEED® Gold is the use of at least 20% recycled content, and 20% locally sourced regional materials.
A significant portion of the building was constructed with modular, prefabricated components that were delivered as close to the point of installation as possible, decreasing the environmental impact of having to transport materials. Additionally, prefabricated elements offered supplemental advantages: improved component quality control, scheduling reliability and safety standards; just-in-time ordering that significantly reduces wasted materials; and better use of space on site. All this resulted in 90% of waste diverted from landfills, 20% of materials coming from recycled sources and 20% of construction materials locally.
It’s hard to imagine that water is in limited supply when we live on what’s known as the Blue Planet. But only a small amount of the Earth’s water is fit for human consumption and use. That’s why taking steps to more smartly consume and reuse every drop is critical to sustaining the availability of this precious resource.
Buildings are developed or retrofitted with high-efficiency systems, fixtures and appliances – for example, low-flow toilets and urinals in restrooms. We also seek opportunities to repurpose grey water – relatively clean waste water from sinks, washing machines, and kitchen appliances.
Over 900+ water fixtures have been replaced with more effective equipment, reducing water consumption by 64%. Today, inefficient toilets, urinals and sinks in all restrooms have been switched out with low-flow fixtures.
Each year, over 3 million tons of solid waste is sent to landfills. Some projections indicate that by 2100 the number will reach 11 million. In addition, the amount of e-waste – all of our electronic gadgetry and related components – is growing at a similarly alarming rate. The case for waste management and reduction has never been clearer.
We mandate our trash collectors to divert as much waste as possible, and encourage tenants to separate dry and wet waste. We also offer tenants the opportunity to have their e-waste collected from the building premises.
We implemented a comprehensive, state-of-the-art recycling program and infrastructure that included training for the staff and tenants. Today, every piece of waste is tracked, and tenants receive a monthly report on waste usage and disposal. All recycling is weighed and sorted onsite to meet maximum collection rate and to limit contamination of the recycling stream.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a major concern to businesses, building managers, tenants and employees because it can impact the health, comfort, well-being and productivity of building occupants. Most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors and many spend most of their working hours in an office environment. Studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others show that indoor environments sometimes can have levels of pollutants that are actually higher than levels found outside.
We perform regular checks and use IAQ tools to protect occupant health. Engineering and property management staff set annual appointments to walk all floors of the building and perform checks to ensure that the air quality is at healthy levels.
Implemented an ongoing IAQ management program based on the EPA's Indoor Air Quality Building Education and Assessment Model. Installed air filters to meet the most stringent IAQ standards. As a result of IAQ improvements, the building exceeds the minimum air quality standards of New York City and ASHRAE.