Handling Utilities Requires Multi-Pronged Approach
A signature building at Mesa del Sol, a master-planned development
in Albuquerque, N.M., is the Aperture Center, designed by the distinguished
architect Antoine Predock. Besides attracting offi ce and retail
tenants with sleek modern lines, the 78,000-square-foot building also
offers a glimpse into the future of commercial buildings and the utilities
that serve them.
The building is the subject of a four-year pilot project that integrates
a solar power storage unit into the power grid operated by
PNM, the local electric utility. When the pilot program wraps in 2014,
the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies at the University of
New Mexico will take custody of the project and use it for continued
research and development.
For all its promise, the renewable smart-grid technology being tested
at the Aperture Center is years away from becoming a daily fact of life
for most property managers and owners. In the meantime, real estate
managers are continuing to seek ways to make dealings with utilities
as effi cient and effective as possible. Recent studies suggest that aggressive
steps by owners of multiple commercial building types, and
sometimes by tenants, are helping to keep utility costs down.
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