In this webinar, Content Director East for Connect CRE, Emily Fu, sat down with EBI's Chris Corsten, Sustainability Consultant, and David Burge, Project Manager with MarketOne Builders to talk about Green Certifications for commercial real estate. They discuss various green certifications available, including LEED, Fitwell, and IREM CSP, and the factors contributing to property owners' perception of them as lacking cost-effectiveness.
The panelists explore the financial considerations and return on investment (ROI) associated with pursuing these certifications, highlighting the challenges of quantifying the benefits. The conversation also touches on the influence of the younger generation in promoting sustainability and driving change within the industry.
Overall, the interview emphasizes the importance of green certifications, their market differentiation, and the evolving expectations of tenants and consumers regarding energy efficiency and environmental responsibility in buildings. Test
Meet Chris Corsten, Sustainability Consultant
Chris Costen joined EBI in March of 2022, bringing nine years of experience in multifamily and single-family asset development and management. Over the last six years, he has bought, renovated and now manages 10 multifamily and single-family properties. Over the past eight years he has managed community development programs in Afghanistan that constructed schools, clinics, roads, irrigation systems, flood protection systems, and clean energy systems.
In his role as a sustainability consultant, Chris evaluates multifamily and industrial buildings and recommends the most effective ways to make them more efficient and environmentally friendly. He also assists clients in earning IREM, LEED and other green building certifications.
Chris graduated from Ripon College in Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland University College, going on to complete his master’s in sustainability from Harvard University. He is a LEED Green Associate and holds a graduate certificate in corporate sustainability and innovation.Additional resources