Case Studies

AOBA member firms are in the forefront of sustainability initiatives. The following are case studies submitted by members. Click on the title to learn more.


Blake Real Estate Creates DC's First High-Elevation Green Roof

Overview: Blake Real Estate collaborated with Casey Trees Endowment Fund, DC Greenworks, DC Department of Health, and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation in order to install DC’s first high elevation “green roof” on their tenant’s building at 1425 K St.

Carr Properties Works with Healthy Buildings to achieve Sustainability Goals

Summary: Carr Properties is known for consistently surpassing expectations and achieving outstanding results. In the summer of 2012, as part of its commitment to sustainability and resource conservation, Carr Properties commissioned a Bathroom Fixture RetroCommissioning from Healthy Buildings at 1255 23rd Street, NW Washington, DC 20037. As a result, Carr Properties saved over 882,000 gallons of water, resulting in an annual savings of $9,438 in year 1 alone.

Cushman and Wakefield's Smart Investments in Energy Efficiency

How can energy upgrades enable forward-thinking building managers to provide considerable value to both owners and tenants? Recent energy improvements to The Portrait Building in downtown Washington, D.C.—including lighting upgrades and the installation of variable frequency drives (VFDs) on HVAC equipment—are a realworld example of the potential gains. Three efficiency measures, completed for a total cost of $169,946, or $1.27 per square foot, will pay back in a little over two years and highlight the financial value of investing in building energy efficiency.

Greening the Workplace: Montgomery County features Brookfield Energy Case Study

In downtown Silver Spring, Brookfield Property Partners are working alongside their tenants to make big strides in sustainability.

Montgomery County, MD Benchmarking Case Study from First Potomac Realty Trust

First Potomac Realty Trust began benchmarking in 2011 and fully tracks all utilities for more than 50% of their portfolio.

The Lenkin Company Management's Stormwater Management System

Landscape architects lead a team in developing and implementing a stormwater system whose collection apparatus is part of the streetscape.

The Tower Companies Reduce Water Use by 45% with  the Help of Aquicore

The Tower Companies (“Tower”), a partner of the DOE Better Buildings Challenge, has committed to reduce both energy and water consumption 20% by 2020 for nearly 3 million SF of commercial office and multi-family residential properties. After successfully implementing a real-time energy management program with 15% use reduction since 2010, The Tower Companies decided to go beyond energy and create a water monitoring pilot project in 2015.

The Tower Companies' Tower Oaks Boulevard Goes Platinum

Overview: The Tower Companies, a family owned Washington based real estate firm, has developed 4.5 million sq. feet of office space and apartments. Of this real estate, 1.3 million sq. feet are LEED certified projects, making the company the largest developer of LEED properties in the Washington Metro area. To add to this impressive portfolio, the Tower Companies’ 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd sought Vedic and LEED Platinum certification.

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