Being “environmentally friendly” is a key consideration in every market in the United States, but as SIORs have told us, the way to achieve that goal varies according to client
values, building types, and local regulations.
“The new buildings have obviously gone to new T- 5 and T- 8
energy efficient fluorescent lighting with motion detectors in
warehouses, and that essentially allows the utility company to
offer rebates,” says Allan J. Riorda, SIOR, principal in Lee &
Associates, Chesapeake Region, Columbia, Md. “Traditionally
they should pay for themselves in less than two years.” Heating
and lighting are key operation costs for warehouse people, he
adds, “And many new buildings are also looking at beefing up
insulation in the roof deck.”
At present, he continues, LED lighting is cost prohibitive.
“Then there is the parabolic skylight, which is new as well,”
says Riorda. “It basically concentrates lighting and looks like
lighting.” One owner, he notes, not only went with this type of
lighting but put R30 wall and roof insulation in his warehouse.
“It was almost over-engineered from the standpoint of
insulation but it’s attractive to tenants,” he says.
Natural gas heating is preferred over any other, Riorda adds.
“Many do go to solar panels on the roof,” he says.
Rob Martensen, SIOR, CCIM, vice president of Industrial
Properties for Colliers International in Phoenix, Ariz., notes
that one of his clients is hard at work on a new environmentally
By Steve Lewis
LOCAL AND REGIONAL MARKETS SEE VARYING ENVIRONMENTAL TRENDS