home news

in the news

WELL Health-Safety Rating Achieved!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Congratulations to the Brookfield team for earning the WELL Health - Safety Rating for the first (3) buildings in the DMV portfolio:

This achievement is a direct expression of intent and care when it comes to viral response, sanitization, emergency response, and overall corporate policy as it relates to the health and well being of your tenants.  More coming on this front as we look to extend this committment and rating across the entire regional portfolio!  At SBP, we are proud to have partnered with Brookfield Properties on this important initiative and look forward to continuing this transition as we promote safe and healthy work environments!



COVID-19 Response

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Infectious disease and the built environment have a long history of impacts. New York State Tenement House Act was established in 1901 was the first law to enact building standards to promote ventilation. The result of laws like this had a drastic impact on the rate of infectious disease. 

The current pandemic provides another opportunity for a response to infectious disease that is influenced by the built environment. The following programs demonstrate a visible commitment from a third-party verification to provide occupants security that established programs and protocol are in place to protect their health for this pandemic and future disease mitigation.

  • WELL Health and Safety Rating – This program requires 15 of 25 possible features that cover the following areas: Air and Water, Emergency Response, Health Benefits, Cleaning, and Engagement. Learn more here

  • Fitwel Viral Response Module – The module covers three areas aimed at viral transmission: Enhance Indoor Environments, Encourage Behavioral Change, and Build Occupant Trust. Learn more here

  • Arc Reentry Plan – This program includes facility and occupant surveys as well as IAQ data. It provides tools to benchmark infection control policies and procedures. Learn more here

  • LEED Safety First Pilot Credits – These pilot credits apply only to LEED certification process and are not an individual certification or rating. The language can be used as guidelines for existing building operations. Learn more here.

Our experience lends to a greater understanding of building systems and impacts on thermal comfort and ventilation. Contact us for additional support that may not be covered in one of these rating systems.



DOEE Releases Building Benchmark Limits

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The District of Columbia DOEE just released the 2021 Building performance benchmark targets for which the new Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) set forth in Title III of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act 2018 is based on.  

2021 Building Energy Performance Standards

  • Are you below the ENERGY STAR score and/or above the Energy Usage Intensity (EUI) values in the table? 
  • Looking for support to vet your data?
  • Looking for a strategy to improve your building efficiency to meet and exceed these targets?
  • Alternative compliance path options available? 

Give us a ring and we can discuss a strategy to get your assets back-in line with within the stipulated timeframe.

More Info:  https://doee.dc.gov/service/building-energy-performance-standards