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 and financial savings. We will accomplish this by achieving the highest level of performance in energy and water efficiency, tenant engagement, environmental construction, sustainable building operations, green building certifications, and community involvement. We see our sustainability programs as comprised of three interacting divisions: Existing Buildings, New Development, and Community Outreach. Our Existing Buildings program spans all of our energy projects, water projects, recycling revitalizations, installations of electric vehicle charging stations, and tenant trainings. The New Development program focuses on LEED certification for all of our ground up construction and major renovations. Finally, our Community Outreach program is comprised of our sustainability disclosures to our investors and other stakeholders, our partnerships with sustainability-focused organizations, our participation in industry sustainability challenges, our industry outreach efforts, our awards, our partnership with the waterway-cleanup nonprofit the Rozalia Project, and the creation of our annual sustainability report.

Sustainability Objectives and Action Plan

New Construction

All Ground-Up Construction will pursue LEED Gold certification or better, and all major renovations will pursue LEED Silver certification or better. We are accomplishing this via having our certifications coordinated in house for maximum efficiency and oversight.

Existing Buildings

Each building in the Kilroy Portfolio has the following objectives:

  • Reduce energy use by 10% of 2010 performance by 2015
  • Achieve ENERGY STAR certification
  • Undergo energy audits or retrocommissioning every 5 years
  •  Implement cost-effective energy projects identified in audits and retrocommissioning
  • Implement cost-effective water projects in domestic use, process use, and irrigation
  • Achieve a recycling diversion rate of at least 50%
  • 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 green cleaning program that would earn maximum points under LEED for Existing Buildings
  • Provide electric car charging stations as needed

These goals are accomplished through a partnership between the asset management teams, the engineering teams, our vendors and the Director of Sustainability Programs to identify projects, secure funding and execute programs. We take advantage of utility-funded auditing and commissioning programs to accomplish many of the audits, which identify high-potential efficiency projects. The asset management teams and engineers, in addition to the Director of Sustainability Programs, identify and implement additional attractive energy and water projects. The Director of Sustainability does in-person trainings with tenants to accomplish our recycling objectives, and we are able to revitalize the recycling programs in approximately 1 million square feet of space each year. It is the responsibility of the asset management teams to do the benchmarking, and the tenant engagement is a collaboration between the asset management teams and the Director of Sustainability Programs. The Director of Sustainability Programs works with the construction team to install the electric vehicle charging stations.

Community and Outreach

Kilroy Realty Corporation will:

  • Participate in industry standard disclosures, such as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, and create an annual sustainability report using Global Reporting Index guidelines
  • Partner with the Rozalia Project to clean local waterways
  • Participate in industry-specific forums to communicate our best practices and learn from the best practices of our peers

The asset management teams disclose their energy, water and waste data to the Director of Sustainability Programs, who in turn discloses this and additional company-wide data in the annual sustainability report and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, as well as other disclosure requests.  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 BOMA and USGBC sustainability committees and we have a twitter feed (@kilroygreen) to stay abreast of realtime innovations and changes in the world of commercial real estate sustainability.

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