How can property owners take advantage of energy efficiency incentives/tax breaks?

In these unsettling times of escalating energy prices, energy conservation has become the name of the game! Seeing that commercial buildings account for more than 39% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, local and federal governments have begun implementing rules/ incentives in order to encourage property owners to conserve as much energy as possible.

It is understood that incentives are being offered, but how can you measure and prove a reduction in a facility’s energy use/take advantage of these incentives?

This is where benchmarking, energy audits and implementation comes in! Allow Partner Energy to  clear up some of these questions…


Benchmarking is the process of measuring and comparing  a building’s energy and water consumption to like buildings. Benchmarking is the first step to understanding and reducing your facility’s energy consumption and carbon footprint. Partner Energy can benchmark your building and help you determine achievable and cost-effective energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.  Partner Energy is an Energy Star partner and uses the Energy Star Portfolio Manager and our own proprietary tools to benchmark and set energy and cost reduction goals for your building.

Energy Audit Reports

Energy Audits will determine which energy efficiency measures will help you reach your target energy reduction goals and meet your capital investment return criteria.  Partner Energy engineers will conduct an on-site field visit to evaluate various building systems and present the following for each energy efficiency measure recommended:

  • Scope of Work
  • Estimated Complete Installation Cost
  • Estimated energy and operating savings
  • Greenhouse gas emission reduction
  • Available rebates and incentives
  • Payback period and Internal Rate of Return

Detailed Engineering and Implementation

Once the appropriate energy efficiency measures have been identified, Partner Energy will help you implement the energy efficiency measures by providing engineering services, project management, construction management, project financing  and rebate and incentive management support.

If you have any additional questions, comment, concerns and/or are interested in having an Energy Audit performed on your commercial property, please feel free to contact:

Efficiency and Profitability

(888) 826-1216

Commercial Real Estate Energy Disclosure Laws

In recent years, an energy disclosure has become necessary for buyers of commercial buildings to adequately understand if they are buying an energy efficient or inefficient building. Energy ratings enable the market to asses a building’s energy performance and to identify buildings where energy costs are lower, thus creating a higher demand for efficient buildings. Once buyers, lessors and lenders understand the relative energy efficiency of buildings, they will then be able to take advantage of the various rebates/tax incentives that the government offers to efficient buildings.

Partner Energy’s Business Development Manager, Jason Mandler, recently hosted a webinar on Commercial Real Estate Energy Disclosure Laws. Feel free to take a look at his Commercial Real Estate Energy Disclosure presentation, ask questions, start a discussion and/or take a look at the rebates/tax incentives that the government is offering in order to make the Energy Disclosure Law transition as smooth/financially efficient as possible.

*Mr. Mandler will be hosting 2 more Green Real Estate/Energy Efficiency webinars (May 4th and June 1st. If you are interested in calling into one of these presentations, please RSVP to with your name, company, contact information and desired presentation date(s).  Prior to each webinar, you will be sent an email with a registration link that must be completed prior to each webinar.

WATTS Going On In The Energy Efficiency World?!!

This is a (work in progress) blog that Partner Energy has designed to act as a platform for discussing  engineering, construction, architecture and real estate as it relates to the energy efficiency world. Times and the environment are changing and energy efficiency/conservation has taken on prominence in the political, public and private sectors alike. In a serious attempt to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, the federal government and individual states have begun to offer tax incentives/rebates (  for residencies, municipalities and businesses that incorporate Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) into their daily operations.

Whether you are a an engineer, architect, property owner or are just curious about WATT is going on in the energy efficiency world… please feel free to follow this blog, comment on the posts and/or suggest new topics for discussion.