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Task 24: Designing a Behaviour Change Programme for Hospital Facilities Staff

12 December 2017

The purpose of this report is to describe the novel collaborative process by which the second largest hospital network in North America (Carolinas HealthCare System, CHS) developed, together with Task 24 and a group of energy experts, a behaviour change programme for building operators. Early measurements show that the programme could lead to energy savings of up to 30%. This Energy Connect programme was designed and implemented to allow other hospital and commercial building managers to implement similar programmes. The culture of energy use differs across any given region and, thus, no single programme can be equally applied in all locations. This paper describes the process that was used to create the programme, along with a description of the programme itself. As the programme (evaluation) is still underway, a future report will concentrate on outcomes and learnings.

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Key publication TASK 24 – Advances in green leases and green leasing: Evidence from Sweden, Australia, and the UK

3 August 2017

Abstract Improving the environmental performance of non-domestic buildings is a complex problem due to the participation of multiple stakeholders. This is particularly challenging in tenanted spaces, where landlord and tenant interactions are regulated through leases that traditionally ignore environmental considerations. ‘Green leasing’ has been conceptualized as a form of ‘middle-out’ inter-organisational environmental governance that operates between organisations, alongside other drivers. Green leases form a valuable framework for tenant–landlord cooperation within properties and across portfolios. This paper offers a comparative international investigation of how leases are evolving to become ‘greener’ in Sweden, Australia, and the UK, drawing on experience from an IEA project on behaviour change and a UK project on energy strategy development. It considers how stakeholder retrofit opportunities and interactions in non-domestic buildings are shaped by the (1) policy context in each country (e.g., the EPBD, NABERS, and MEES) and (2) prevailing leasing practices in each country. Based on this analysis, the paper develops a new market segmentation framework to accentuate the different roles that public sector organisations and private property companies play as both tenants and landlords across countries. We suggest that national government policies assist the public sector in leading on better leasing practices, whereas international certification and benchmarking schemes (e.g., BREEAM & GRESB) may provide more fuel to private sector tenants and landlords. The paper concludes with a discussion of the fit between property portfolios and policies, suggesting that international green lease standards might assist multinational tenants and property owners in upgrading both their premises and their operational practices.

Task 24 ST6&7 – Background for Green Leases in Commercial Office Buildings in Sweden

8 May 2017

This work was based on a literature review and interviews with commercial office property landlords and tenants, following the decision to focus on green leases in commercial office buildings as the top DSM priority for Sweden.

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