How a Real Estate Portfolio Achieves Net Zero

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A rooftop solar installation by Kilroy Realty Corporation in Los Angeles.

A mix of technologies helps energy-saving pioneers drive down their carbon profiles.

When ULI Greenprint set a goal of net zero carbon by 2050 for its collective membership, it was clear that to meet that goal, a real estate portfolio would need to employ a combination of technologies and innovations.

Two ULI Greenprint members have already met the net-zero-carbon goal—Hudson Pacific Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT) with over 19 million square feet (1.8 million sq m) of office and studio properties, and Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC), a West Coast REIT with over 14 million square feet (1.3 million sq m) of office and life science space. This is how they did it.

Hudson Pacific

  • Energy efficiency: Real-time monitoring systems, LED lighting, variable-frequency drives, and equipment retrofits improve efficiency.
  • On-site renewables: Traditional rooftop solar panels…

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