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The ABCs of Maximizing Commercial Development Through Energy Planning [eBook]

The ABCs of Maximizing Commercial Development Through Energy Planning [eBook]

A world leader in art and innovation, California is also the leading U.S. state in energy efficiency. Processes and technologies to build and operate energy efficient buildings and homes are getting more sophisticated, and penalization for incompliance with energy standards more rigorous.

Best Practices for Sustainable Development Projects in California

Best Practices for Sustainable Development Projects in California

Sustainable development projects are a growing trend across the United States and California is a trend setter! Sustainability is critical for environmental needs and has also become an integral approach to separate the best from the rest, or in other words, a differentiator for developers and designers.

Boosting the Value of Mixed-Use Developments with Proper Energy Planning

Boosting the Value of Mixed-Use Developments with Proper Energy Planning

Mixed-use development is a wide-ranging concept that has become a great opportunity to leverage multiple practices and drive an increased ROI. For developers, they are also a challenge, given the various regulatory frames, market targets and sustainability needs. How then, can you get the best value from mixed-use?

Can High-Performance Design Improve ROI on Commercial Developments in California?

Can High-Performance Design Improve ROI on Commercial Developments in California?

The term “High Performance” tends to scare people a bit, for the idea of top-notch equipment and systems is associated with hefty prices. But, is this so? Design, conditions and materials do change or evolve, but the bottom line remains a fairly stable variable: ensuring a strong ROI for every project.

10 Features Developers Need to Know About California Energy Code

10 Features Developers Need to Know About California Energy Code

The California Energy Code (CEC) is the part of the California Code of Regulations aimed at achieving energy efficiency and ensure air quality throughout the state. How does the CEC affect development projects? What should developers be aware of? How does it impact development costs and vision?

The Impact of California Energy Code on Your Development Project's Budget

The Impact of California Energy Code on Your Development Project's Budget

The Devil is in the details; this is true for just about everything in life, but is especially costly to a development project. More often than not, a sound development project's undoing comes from little oversights. In the case of an energy plan, it's unrealistically linking the projected energy systems to the schedul...

The Importance of Smart Energy Planning for California Development Projects

The Importance of Smart Energy Planning for California Development Projects

Being a developer isn't easy. The vision, implementation, construction, and closeout are all up to you. While the bulk of these phases would be too much to cover in a single series, we decided to tackle one commonly overlooked element in state regulations: energy codes. In this article, we cover the importance of inclu...

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7 Best Practices in High Performance Building Design

Often times, architects who design high performance buildings in California, which are required to comply with stringent energy regulations, fail to integrate performance goals or to make certain decisions relating to energy efficiency strategies during the design phase.

High Performance Design   Energy & Sustainable Solutions  

Best Practices for Sustainable Development Projects in California

Sustainable development projects are a growing trend across the United States and California is a trend setter! Sustainability is critical for environmental needs and has also become an integral approach to separate the best from the rest, or in other words, a differentiator for developers and designers.

Energy Planning   Development Yield Optimization  

What Zero Net Energy Really Means for Architects and Design in California

Thanks to the Zero Net Energy standards passed by the state of California last year, we are well on our way to becoming a world leader in zero net homes. However, many of us remain skeptical about the feasibility of these objectives. Can the single biggest change in the history of home building and energy efficiency be...

Zero Net Energy  

How Energy Planning Impacts the Cost and Value of a Development Project

Planning is critical for any development project. Period. But in California, more than anywhere else in the United States for that matter, such planning needs to incorporate “energy efficiency” into the equation.

Energy Planning   Development Risk Mitigation  

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Why Failing Energy Inspections Can Be Fatal for Your Bottom Line

Affordable housing developments walk a fine line when it comes to budgeting. In this article, we will discuss the reasons why not passing mandated HERS inspections can cause a project timeline to fall apart and the best methods to circumvent this risk entirely.

Affordable Housing  

Affordable Housing Developments in California: When to Ask for Help

It would be in our best interest here at E3 California to say that a developer should ask us to join a project during the development phase, but we also understand that without the proper backup, this is just shameless marketing. However, it’s not untrue, not in the slightest.

Affordable Housing  

The Biggest Mistakes in California’s Affordable Development Projects

Some might say that the biggest mistake that a developer could make when it comes to an affordable housing project would be to take the entirety of the funds allocated for the project and bet them on roulette.  Maybe 50/50 odds aren’t that bad?

Affordable Housing  

Capitalizing on California’s Tax Benefits for Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Projects

One of the most important aspects to do with the incorporation of energy efficiency into affordable housing development projects is the use of tax benefits. California established tax incentives and programs in 1986 to deal with the growing need for affordable housing, and since then has received added federal funding ...

Affordable Housing