Building Green - What Has Worked, What Hasn't Worked, and Where Do We Go From Here?

Building Green: What Has Worked, What Hasn't Worked, and Where Do We Go From Here?

KTGY Group announced that Mike Flynn, a principal and LEED AP, has been invited to participate as the moderator and panelist at the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual RECON, The Global Retail Real Estate Convention held from May 23-25, 2010, in Las Vegas, NV. Flynn's panel, which will be presented on Monday, May 24, at 2:30 p.m., will focus on green building and is entitled, "Corporate Retailer to Boutique Retailer - What Has Worked, What Hasn't Worked, and Where Do We Go From Here?"

Panelists for the session will also include: Paul Loubet, president of Dreyfus Real Estate; Barry Giles, CEO and LEED facility emeritus for Building Wise, LLC; and Doug Wiele, a founding partner of Foothill Partners, Inc. "Our session will discuss the goals and reasons for sustainable building, the risks, how we measure sustainability, and the design approaches and systems that have proved to be cost effective sustainable solutions," said Flynn. "We will also discuss why retail has historically lagged behind the corporate office market in adopting sustainability as an important building and design component and how future green legislation can impact retailers."

According to Pacific Gas & Electric's Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), Restaurants are the retail world's largest energy user. They use almost five times more energy per square foot than any other type of commercial building. "Electrical utilities are likely to increase peak demand rates, and to expand incentive programs for owners who have energy-efficient facilities," noted Flynn.

"Many people think that only new buildings can be green but there is quite a lot that can be done to improve an existing building's or shopping center's energy efficiency without incurring a major expense, whether LEED certification is desired or not. However, if you're building today without LEED, you're building in obsolescence. Companies need to be very smart about how they go green so that the money as well as energy is used efficiently," Flynn said.

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