Improving the energy efficiency of your commercial buildings will also improve
your bottom line. That’s because energy use is the single largest operating expense in commercial buildings, multifamily, office, industrial or retail properties and represents about a third of typical operating budgets, according to ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
ENERGY STAR calculated that a 10 percent decrease in energy use could lead to a 1.5 percent increase in net operating income. For example, in a 200,000 square foot office building that pays $2 per square foot in energy costs, a 10 percent reduction in consumption can translate into an additional $40,000 of NOI. That boosts the value of the asset as well.
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