The legacy business-as-usual approach to the construction and operations of commercial buildings contributes to about 40% of the global carbon footprint. Major investment in building resiliency projects will improve economics and help achieve climate goals, but under the less politicized lens of sustainability. Therefore, changing the storyline may be the key to gaining bipartisan support for the policy and financial incentives necessary to act immediately.
While the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) shared many stories focused on the immediate needs of critical facilities such as hospitals, their lessons-learned can apply for market leaders across the private sector: 1. Take early opening phases as opportunities to upgrade existing buildings, 2. Leverage alternative financing to offset capital constraints, and 3. Communicate your commitments and progress.