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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Feb182010

What Color Is Your Lease? - Beyond the Grid

Green leases offer sustainable and financial benefits for landlords and tenants alike

By Ina Drosu

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n an environment where the ecological lobby is prevalent, and the general economic downturn begs for practical innovation that reduces operating costs, green leases are steadily gaining the interest of landlords and tenants. Profitability is key to survival of commercial ventures; without it, loftier concerns fly out the window. What better way to harness broad improvement potentials than a lease structured as economic driver accommodating comprehensive environmental regulations and allowing for necessary changes over time?

According to a study done by CRD&MI, energy costs are 29 percent of landlord
operating costs while less than one percent is paid for by tenants.

Alan Whitson, president of Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute, created a model green lease to serve as more than a “token gesture to sustainability.” The lease provides incentives for landlords to build cost-effective peak-performance buildings that address energy and water efficiency, emission reduction, and waste minimization. According to a study done by CRD&MI, energy costs are 29 percent of a building’s operating costs while less than one percent is paid for by tenants. Most commercial leases leave energy efficiency out of the equation. He adds, “in a booming market it’s easy to be green, but now, savvy people realize it is part of an economic strategy to improve performance and productivity.” Additionally, the typical speculative commercial project is built, leased up and then sold, making life-cycle costing of building systems mostly irrelevant to the original developer. There is an inherent disadvantage to installing higher initial cost, more efficient building systems but that is now starting to change.

According to Tom Usher, senior director at brokerage Cushman and Wakefield, green leases promote several beneficial goals such as helping building owners achieve energy efficiency and reducing overall waste. However, a few obstacles prevent them from being more universally adopted. “Many tenants have reservations about how a green lease will impact them, their employees and the bottom line,” says Usher. While landlords who practice triple-net leases which pass increases in operating expenses on to tenants, see little incentive to installing expensive sustainable improvements. “Additionally, it is unclear how the green aspects will be monitored,” says Usher.

Increasingly, commercial leases are including incentives for sustainable upgrades in line with LEED requirements. Rodney Stone, president of space planning firm Environetics, says there is an “explosion in demand for LEED-certified buildings” partly due to corporate sustainability reporting programs, partly in anticipation of compliance mandates by government regulators. Several bills passed in California, for instance, point to an increase in green leases, such as AB-32’s greenhouse gas legislation and
AB-1103’s mandatory owner provision of building energy performance information to tenants and prospective buyers. Third party validation systems, says Stone, such as LEED or Energy Star “provide independent verification that a building project meets a higher standard.”

While building certification and startup commissioning are good first steps, success depends on ongoing operational performance, measurement of which is a LEED shortcoming the USGBC recognizes and is seeking to improve. “Technology in and of itself is not the answer, 61 percent of buildings with an Energy Star rating [which precedes and is stricter than LEED] of 75 or higher are 25 years old or older,” says Whitson. Consequently, he insists on keeping the model green lease neutral, not promoting any particular rating system. In the end, the goal of green leases is to encourage a marketplace where prosperity and sustainability are interchangeable, improving both profits and quality of life.

 

 

 

 

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