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The Center for the Living City explores ways to expand our understanding the complexity of urban life.

One of our current areas of research is discovering how energy efficiency in commercial buildings affects tenants’ leasing decisions and whether they are embracing the nationwide trend of energy efficiency in the workplace.

The Center has reason to believe tenants and potential tenants are embracing this trend and are willing to pay higher leasing costs to locate in energy efficient buildings, but it lacks the data to support that hypothesis.  Therefore, we are sponsoring a new study that would take a high-level look at how the energy efficiency improvements, practices and programs in a variety of larger commercial office buildings throughout the Salt Lake Valley play into new lease and lease extension decisions by tenants.  

Information derived from this project will help the Center better understand the ways buildings perform in the marketplace as we work to expand opportunities to create and adapt more energy efficient buildings in metropolitan landscapes.