Sustainability Vision

At Kilroy Realty, our sustainability vision is a portfolio that minimizes the environmental impact of the construction and operation of our buildings while maximizing tenant comfort, health and financial savings. We will accomplish this by achieving the highest level of performance in energy and water efficiency, waste management, tenant engagement, environmental construction, sustainable building operations, green building certifications, materials selection and community involvement. 

Sustainability Objectives and Action Plan

Environmental Objectives

Existing Buildings

  • Reduce energy use by 10% of 2010 consumption levels by 2015
  • Reduce water use by 10% from 2012 consumption levels by 2018
  • Implement Green Leasing
  • Achieve ENERGY STAR certification for 75% of eligible existing buildings 
  • Perform energy audits or retrocommissioning (RCx) every 5 years on all existing buildings 
  • Achieve a recycling diversion rate of at least 75% in the existing portfolio
  • Benchmark all energy, water and waste data on at least a monthly basis, including tenant data
  • Engage tenants to reduce their environmental impact through regular communications and action-oriented programs
  • Maintain a portfolio-wide green cleaning program that would earn maximum points under LEED EB
  • Provide electric car charging stations per tenant needs
  • Enroll in the LEED EB Volume Program

These goals are accomplished through a close collaboration among asset management teams, the engineering teams, vendors and the sustainability team to identify projects, secure funding and execute programs. The sustainability team is comprised of the Vice Presidents of Sustainability and Engineering and the Sustainability Coordinator. We take advantage of utility-funded auditing and commissioning programs to accomplish many of the audits, which identify high-potential efficiency projects. We self-fund the rest, and currently the targeted buildings for audits are those pursuing LEED EB certification. The asset management teams and engineers, in addition to the sustainability team, identify and implement additional attractive energy and water projects. The sustainability team works with our Legal and Standards department on lease language and conducts in-person trainings with tenants to accomplish our recycling objectives. Starting in 2013 we began using a third party, Goby, to do our energy and water benchmarking; waste benchmarking is still done in-house. Tenant engagement is a collaboration between the asset management teams and the sustainability team. The sustainability team works with the construction team to install the electric vehicle charging stations.

New Construction

  • All ground-up construction will pursue LEED Gold certification or better, and all major renovations will pursue LEED Silver certification or better
  • Total materials used in development projects will achieve at least 10% recycled content
  • Construction projects will achieve at least 75% diversion of construction waste from landfill

An important strategy in helping us to achieve our development objectives is having the vast majority of our certifications coordinated in-house. This allows us to quickly resolve issues because of greater communication between the LEED coordinator and the project manager than would result if the LEED coordinator were an independent consultant.

We also make every effort to source our construction materials within 500 miles of the project site, per LEED guidelines, for large projects via working with our General Contractors throughout the construction process to achieve the LEED Regional Materials credit; four of our largest development projects are pursuing the 20% regional materials LEED credit. However, because in certain areas sourcing materials regionally is more difficult that in others, achieving regional materials sourcing can be quite challenging and we have not formalized a regional sourcing goal for all construction projects.

Community and Outreach

  • Participate in industry standard disclosures, such as GRESB, and create an annual sustainability report using Global Reporting Index (GRI) guidelines
  • Partner with the Rozalia Project to clean local waterways
  • Participate in at least 10 industry-specific forums annually to communicate our best practices and learn from our peers
  • Earn recognition for our energy reduction efforts through the ENERGY STAR program

We have an ongoing commitment to the Rozalia Project, with whom we work to maximize their effectiveness in our markets. To participate in industry-specific forums, many of our employees serve on local BOMA and USGBC sustainability committees and we have a twitter feed (@kilroygreen) to stay abreast of cutting-edge innovations and changes in the world of commercial real estate sustainability.

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