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200+ M SF Officially WELL Health-Safety Rated!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Sustainable Building Partners celebrates Brookfield Properties WELL Health-Safety rating on over 200 million square feet of Office and Retail space in their North American portfolio!

With locations across the United States and Canada, the 87.5+ million square feet of office space is “the largest to achieve this rating,” according to the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).  Included in this portfolio are major, mixed-use destinations such as The Yards and Halley Rise in the greater Washington D.C. area, Brookfield Place New York and Manhattan West in New York, Brookfield Place Toronto, Houston Center and Allen Center in Houston, Brookfield Place Calgary, Wells Fargo Center in Los Angeles, and Denver City Center and Wells Fargo Center in Denver. The 112.5+ million square feet of retail space covers some of the leading shopping centers throughout the U.S., including, Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Oakbrook Center outside of Chicago, Park Meadows near Denver, Tysons Galleria and Ballston Quarter in the greater Washington D.C. area.

The WELL Health-Safety is a highly coveted evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address acute health threats like COVID-19 today and into the future. SBP applauds Brookfield Properties' exceptional operational strategies and protocols prioritizing the health and well-being of their building occupants.

Learn more about our Wellness services.



Join SBP for a LEED Project Showcase on City Ridge

Friday, March 26, 2021

City Ridge will be DC’s newest urban village, built with sustainability as a core value. Get a behind-the-scenes look at its design and construction process.

Join SBP, Roadside Development, Shalom Baranes Associates and Whiting-Turner on a virtual tour and presentation of the first LEED v4 ND Gold in the DC Metro Area!  Click the link below to register and for more information.

When:  Thursday, April 8, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:  Virtual
More Info:  https://www.usgbc.org/event/usgbc-national-capital-region-leed-project-showcase-city-ridge



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