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Greener Product

Greener Product LLC has developed the world's first online platform that creates a vast marketplace for the analysis of sustainable and healthy building products.  This one-stop resource is used by thousands of dedicated green professionals to research enviromentally preferable building materials and to study vital information on how to use advanced building design to build green more effectively.  Please click here to view their website.

By | February 7, 2011 |, LEED, Green, Design build, sustainable construction,

GreenBuild, International Conference and Expo, CB Richard Ellis, Sullivan, USGBC

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo --USGBC 2011 Call for Proposals

What does it take to write a winning Greenbuild or Government Summit session proposal? USGBC's conferences are recongnized for leading the industry, they are looking to fill Green build's approximately 100 education sessions and the Government Summit program with the very best, most innovative educational content.

For more information about the USGBC proposal process click here.

Jeremy Benkin, LEED AP, at CB Richard Ellis chairs the Program Working Group for USGBC (a volunteer position). He recently spoke with CONNECT, a newsletter that supports a sustainability events database, developed by the Green Earth PR Network, and we thought his tips were worth sharing.

By USGBC | January 12, 2011 | GreenBuild, International Conference and Expo, CB Richard Ellis, Sullivan, USGBC

Building Energy Performance News

The TOP 10 Most-Read Articles of 2010

1. The Formidable Challenge of Building Energy Performance Benchmarking: Benchmarking the energy consumption of a building against that of "comparable" buildings to produce a rating which can then be viewed by third parties is now mandatory in a number of jurisdictions across the US and spreading click here to read full article by Anthony J. Buoniocore, P. E.

2. 7 Trends that will shape the future of green building: Green building seems to be here to stay, but what lies on the road...Click here to read full article by The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.

3. Don't LEED Us Astray: TODAY Al Gore is expected to join some of the city's top developers and bankers for the grand opening here to read full article by The New York Times.

4. DOE Unveils Net-Zero 220,000 Square Foot Office Space: 
It's and engineer's Dream: A 220,000 square-foot office space here to read full article by Solve Climate.

5. 10 Tips for Operating Buildings more Efficiently: Here are 10 ways to make your buildings operate more efficiently here to read full article by GreenBiz.

6. Six Key Lessons on Green and Energy Efficiency Retrofits: While the real estate economy faltered between late 2008 and here to read full article by GreenerBuildings.

7. Audit Finds Vulnerability of EnergyStar Program: WASHINGTON, DC - Does a "gasoline-powered alarm clock " qualify for here to read full article by The New York Times.

8. Starbucks Moves Ahead with 'Green' Strategy despite Cost:  As the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) releases an energy-savings here to read more by the Environmental Leader.

9. Syracuse University Opens One of the World's Greenest Data Centers: IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Syracuse University recently opened a new Green Data Center (GDC) here to read full article in EnergyBoom.

10. DOE Proposes New Green Standards for Federal Buildings:  The U.S. Department of Energy proposed standards Friday that here to read from Sustainable


By Building Energy Performace News | January 11, 2011 | Building Energy Performance News

LEED, Jordan Institute, Green, Sustainable Construction,


We believe in green, we are committed to green/sustainable construction and energy modeling for all of our projects provided it meets with our owners financial commitment.  The results are in for our LEED Platinum USGBC Certification from the Jordan Institute, our accredited professional LEED AP; providing green/LEED consulting services during our project. Click on the links below to read more about our achievements.

Sullivan LEED Highlights

Sullivan CI checklist

By Sullivan Construction, Inc. | October 22, 2010 | LEED, Jordan Institute, Green, Sustainable Construction,

Green Building, Employees, Los Angeles Times, Health, Environment

Green buildings may make employees feel better

Is where you work making you sick?  A new study finds that employees who move from buildings with poor indoor environmental quality to more healthful "green" buildings may reap some benefits, including less absenteeism and higher productivity.

The green building movement isn't just concerned with constructing buildings that are more energy efficient and environmentally responsible -- they're supposed to improve indoor surroundings as well, making it more healthful and pleasant for those who work there, via lighting, ventilation, acoustics and ergonomic design.

Click here to read the full article published in the Los Angeles Times.

By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times | September 14, 2010 | Green Building, Employees, Los Angeles Times, Health, Environment

Sustainable Construction, Geothermal, Heating and Cooling

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Here at SCI, we are committed to educating the public, our clients and prospects on sustainable constuction technology and tools to make better projects, more affordable at construction and with ongoing operating savings.  Click here to view a recent presentation that we attended, given by Mark A. Stull and Thomas Johnson on Geothermal Heating and Cooling.

By Mark A. Stull and Thomas Johnson | July 21, 2010 | Sustainable Construction, Geothermal, Heating and Cooling

Green Building, LEED, USGBC, Energy Star

Green Building Research Institute

Green Buildings have gained much popularity in the last decade, especially with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  There are literally thousands of trained professionals and firms out there hoping to asist you in achieving your sustainability dreams.  But there are also many people and orgaizations that lack the credentials, experience and credibility required to successfully accomplish this.  Our research will help you separate the legitimate products, professionals and services from all the "green washing" that's taking place today.  This research will consider not only LEED projects but also Energy Star, Green Globes and others.  The data from the research will also give an opportunity for green entrepreneurs (products and services) to broaden their reach.  Please click here to read more...

By GBRI | July 16, 2010 | Green Building, LEED, USGBC, Energy Star

Green Building, Eleni Reed

Green Building Insider

It will be interesting to see what influence the U.S. General Services Administration's first "chief greening officer" will have on the larger green building community.  Eleni Reed, former director of sustainablility strategies for Cushman and Wakefield's Client Solutions Group, recently was selected to take the position and help the agency "lead by example in greening and modernizing the nation's infrastructure," complying with a presidential directive.  Will the new chief greening officer inspire the private sector to work toward a "zero environmental footprint" for its buildings, just as GSA intends to do for the roughly 9,600 buildings it owns and leases? Will other countries reciprocate by creating comparable positions within their governments?  More details about Reed's selection are included in this edition of Green Building Insider.

By Editor's notes | June 18, 2010 | Green Building, Eleni Reed

Building On Hope, Easter Seals, Sullivan Construction, Pepsi Refresh Project

Sullivan team participates in "Building on Hope" project.

On May 16th five boys returned in grand style to their newly remodeled Manchester, New Hampshire home.  The sunny Sunday fit the festive mood as the boys piled out of a donated limousine to the gathered crowd...

Click here to read the full article

By Ben Jervey of GOOD | June 14, 2010 | Building On Hope, Easter Seals, Sullivan Construction, Pepsi Refresh Project

Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Eco-Friendly,

How Green is your label?

Some identify products that may be good for your health or help save the environment, but only one focuses on saving you money.

Click here to read the article.

By Candice Lee Jones | June 11, 2010 | Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Eco-Friendly,

Boston Real Estate, Economy

The Boston Market after Recovery from " The Great Recession"

Boston is fortunate in having in our city CBRE’s Global Chief Economist, Ray Torto. When I asked for his prediction as to when our country will regain all jobs lost since the December 2007 start of the recession I iimmediately received his answer: “Q1-2, 2013 with Boston one or two quarters ahead”

The purpose of this article is to attach meaning to the recovery. As I will now describe, the recovery I believe will be unlike anything we have seen before.

Foundation for Recovery

The foundation for recovery remains unchanged – job growth. It was jobs that grew after 1974-1976, 1981-1982, 1991-1992, 2001-2003 recessions and it will be jobs again in Q4 2012. That said, this time around there will be a strong overhang from the last 10 years. That overhang will be the impact of excess spending in the United States. We are sitting with $12 trillion of debt. We are sitting with federal tax revenues that can cover only 2/3’s of the $4billion in operating costs.

“Stimulus” is a pet word. Just look at the stimulus that has take place since 2000:

• Huge supply of capital chasing real estate.  
• An economy going gangbuster from 2004 to the end of 2007.
• Plentiful capital through the CMBS vehicle.

History of Recoveries

If we study the history of past recoveries, they were created by sound, basic real estate economics. One new office job requires 250± square feet of space. One new industrial job requires 500± square feet of space. One new person can live in an apartment.  I saved Spaulding & Slye reports of the late 1970’s and 1980’s which tell an interesting story:

• Office vacancy rates – 1.5% to 11%
• Dramatic dwindling of first class supply
• Significant pre-leasing
• R&D/Industrial space – new active area
• “A 4% annual growth rate will reduce vacancy to nearly zero.”

For the 1990’s, when I shifted to the Whittier Partners Bottom Line Report, it mirrored readings from the 1970’s and 1980’s:

• Steady economic growth
• Build-to-suit construction
• Renovation of older buildings becoming a source of supply

In the 2000’s, there is a different story:

• A huge supply of capital chasing real estate
• Mezz debt – the new wave
• 20% to 25% availability rates for office space
• 34,400,000 square feet more office construction that jobs can support

Job growth, the cornerstone of the market, was forgotten.

A Look 10 Years Ahead

It is predicted that we will recover all jobs lost in Boston since Q4 2007 by Q4 2012, which will get us back to:

Market Statistics Q4 2007

Location                                                        Space Availability

Boston Office                                                       11.80%

Cambridge Office                                                 11.80%

Suburban Office                                                   18.60%

        Overall                                                         15.50%

General Industrial                                                 14.30%

High Bay Industrial                                               14.10%

R&D Industrial                                                      23.30%

          Overall                                                       15.80%

These are painfully high numbers.

Stop and go buttons will enter the real estate markets. Those with capital will pick off good deals from the excess of 2000’s. The mushroom mooring holding back the economy will be the cost of government until GDP can grow to support.

With controls by a newly elected administration placed on government spending, improvement of the United States economics will begin. New buildings that take place will have a high level of pre-leasing and high level of equity dollars. Between 2014 and 2016, the market will be flat and by 2017 to 2019, availability will be worked back down to 10% or less. Value will start to move back up to the 2007 era.


The Boston market after recovery will become a far more balanced market. We will be the beneficiary of being one of only five 24-hour cities in the United States. At the same time, we like the rest of the United States, will suffer from bad political decisions. Real estate over the next 10 years will be risk/return driven. This time around, the tightened underwriting standards of the 1990’s will not be loosened by a flood of capital.

Tightened controls will be placed on government. We have GDP of $12.5 trillion and $12 trillion of debt. A 1:1 ratio is unsustainable. We have no choice but to cut the ratio of debt to GDP in half. As described at our 2010 CBRE kick-off meeting on January 6, 2010, we are in a heavy weight fight. We are 7-8 rounds into it with 7-8 rounds to go. If the stamina of 1776-1782 prevails, we will be the winners.

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By Webster A. Collins, CBRE | May 21, 2010 | Boston Real Estate, Economy

Clean Energy, NH Legislation

The New Hampshire Senate keeps PACE!

Did you know?  On May 12, 2010, the NH Legislative body passed HB 1554 AKA The “PACE Bill”, an acronym for Property Assessed Clean Energy. Click here to view a PDF of the Bill

The bill is another resource for our communities to directly lend its residents and businesses money to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings.  It is paid back from the positive impact cash flow savings achieved from the investment in renewable energy improvements.

At Sullivan, we strongly favor Public/Private partnership and welcome this Bill as another resource for our client’s consideration in their project planning.  Feel free to contact us at to discuss how we may assist you in arranging for funds from the PACE Bill.

By Sullivan Construction | May 18, 2010 | Clean Energy, NH Legislation

Green Buildling

Addressing the "Green Building Premium"

USGBCAs LEED celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, one of the
most common questions you hear among those unfamiliar with
the rating systems is whether it costs more to build/renovate
to LEED certification. What they may not realize, however, is that
after 10 years and more than 5,000 certified projects, there has
been enough research and observation to dispel the notion of
a "green premium."

While it is true that in some extreme cases (especially so-called "trophy buildings"), there may be an associated premium with constructing a green building, generally green buildings need not cost anything more than a conventional building. This has to do with the maturity of green buildings in a given market as opposed to some endemic characteristic of green building construction. Like any new entrant to a market, time and experience lead to a reduction in cost until the process/product has become streamlined and a suitable infrastructure has been developed to support it. It makes sense that, at LEED’s inception, a green building premium existed, but as LEED APs have become prevalent, project owners and consultants have gained more project experience, sustainable products have become more available, and construction/renovation processes have evolved, the premium has all but disappeared. A 2008 survey (PDF) by Turner Construction found that 50% of respondents believed there was no premium associated with green building construction, while just one year later; a study by RREEF Research (PDF) had this to say:

       "Cost premiums for green construction are now generally thought to be minimal, at least
       for the less extreme levels of sustainability, and any putative cost premiums can be more
       than offset by a variety of incentives for which green buildings are eligible. These factors
       add up to premium returns on new green construction."

Moreover, in the instances where an upfront cost for green building construction or renovation is incurred, that expenditure is often recouped in the first two years the building is operational as a result of increased efficiency of the building and/or benefits garnered by increased rental premiums, leasing velocity, and higher average occupancy levels. Several papers published on the subject have found that green buildings can capture rental premiums anywhere from 3-6 percent above similar non-certified buildings and typically average 8-10 percent higher occupancy levels. Find green building related research

As LEED continues its steady growth, it stands to reason that entry into the green building marketplace will continue to become easier while the benefits will continue to grow.

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By USGBC | April 27, 2010 | Green Buildling

Green Building

It's easy being green

Greening the GlobeGreen, green, green. Everywhere you look. You’ve got green in politics, Al Gore won the Nobel Prize and hybrids are flying out of dealerships. And you have green starting to sprout from your lawn and trees.

Should you be pushing the green aspects of your products or services (assuming there are some)?

Several studies released in the last month or so suggest that it might be in your bottom line’s best interest. According to a USA Today story, a study done by Deloitte suggests that 1 in 5 consumers planned on buying more earth friendly items the past holiday season.

At 79 million, the Boomers rule the buying word. AARP also recently released data on this topic. According to their research, over half (40 million) Boomers consider themselves green.

Of course — time will tell.  People saying that they’re green and behaving with their wallet are two very different things. I am sure both Deloitte and AARP did a very thorough and professional job on their research. But the cynic in me also thinks that when asked by a researcher — do you recycle or are you more likely to buy a product because it is environmentally friendly — most people would be embarrassed to admit they are lazy consumers who are willing to contribute to the decline of the Earth rather than toss their cans in the recycle container. Which answer would you feel better about giving?

What do you think? Will this be a competitive advantage for your company? Have you considered adding or spotlighting a green aspect of your offerings?

Or, as a consumer — where do you stand on this issue?

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By bGG Advertising | April 16, 2010 | Green Building