24 – How Environmentally Friendly Design Brings Higher Profits

Hello, and welcome to Episode 024 of the Corporate Real Estate Podcast, brought to you by LeaseSmart.com. Your host is Craig Melby, the founder of LeaseSmart, whose objective is to find companies the best facilities and get them the best terms, making their business more profitable and less vulnerable to future, unpredictable circumstances.

Today Craig Melby interviews guest Bruce Hamilton, the Deputy Executive Director of the Sierra Club which just moved into a LEED building.

They left San Francisco and moved to the Oakland area when they found out their rent would be going up 1.5 million dollars per year. They decided to put more of their funds into their non-profit cause of helping to solve the climate change problem instead of allocating it all toward paying astronomical rent.

Some people have the perception that LEED rent is more expensive, but let’s break it down so that we can see if it is actually going to be a money-saving move for you. LEED buildings save on utility costs and promote energy efficiency. Employees respond very well to these kind of values. Listen in to hear how you can save money for your company or household too!

The Corporate Real Estate Podcast strives to make businesses more profitable through wise site selection and lease negotiations. Thanks for listening! Continue reading “24 – How Environmentally Friendly Design Brings Higher Profits”

23 – Should Climate Change Affect Your Next Commercial Site Selection?

Hello, and welcome to Episode 23 of the Corporate Real Estate Podcast, brought to you by LeaseSmart.com. Your host is Craig Melby, the founder of LeaseSmart, whose objective is to find companies the best facilities and get them the best terms, making their business more profitable and less vulnerable to future, unpredictable circumstances.

The Corporate Real Estate Podcast strives to make businesses more profitable through wise site selection and lease negotiations. In Episode 23 Craig is talking to Douglas Fisher who is the Director of the Environmental Health Sciences Organization. He puts out extremely good newsletters and information to help plan for climate change when it comes to where you should locate your home and business and what kind of facility you should be building.

Surprisingly, some people might consider purchasing an extremely climate-dependant property even though the future climate of the area is so uncertain. For example, Douglas Fisher mentions warming temperatures in skiing areas and draughts in lake front areas like Lake Mead. Craig explains that often, investors are willing to be a short term owner in order to make a profit and pass the property on to another buyer before things take a turn for the worse.

The take away message is to look at regional models and weather patterns and just know that the past is not a good indication of the future. Thanks for listening! Continue reading “23 – Should Climate Change Affect Your Next Commercial Site Selection?”