Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

The Office of the Future: Energy Efficiency Opportunities during the Tenant Fit-Out Process

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Sponsored by The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub.
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. %IDescribe the market receptiveness to energy efficient tenant fit-outs
  2. %IDiscuss leasing guidelines for energy efficient office spaces
  3. %IExplain the effectiveness of integrating energy efficient strategies and policies in office space
  4. %IDiscuss how to communicate energy efficient information to commercial office tenants


Offices are the largest market segment in the commercial buildings sector, making up 17% of total floor space and 19% of primary energy consumption. 31% of this space non-owner-occupied (i.e. leased) and tenants in these facilities are typically among those least able to reap energy efficiency benefits. This course presents findings from a workshop that describes new opportunities for architects to expand into this market by helping office building tenants improve the energy efficiency of their leased space. %PThree national experts discuss results from a multi-year research program – titled the “Office of the Future” project and sponsored by utilities from across the country - that has developed and demonstrated innovative approaches to “designing in” energy savings during the tenant “fit out” process. The course reviews the programmatic and policy underpinnings of the program as a whole, discusses the role of utilities in bringing the program to fruition, and provides detailed technical information, together with case study examples, of effective energy efficient fit-out strategies.